By Emma Sanders

Jamaal Lascelles claims Newcastle United won’t be intimidated by Leeds despite playing in front of a sell-out crowd in their Championship clash on Sunday.

The Newcastle skipper has played down the threat of Garry Monk’s team and has insisted his side have the quality to produce a performance against any side in the league.

Talking in The Shields Gazette, Lascelles has said that he wants his side to put pressure on Leeds and vows they won’t be thinking too much about what threat their opponents will bring, and will concentrate on their own game.

“Leeds are a good team – they have always been up there in the Championship – but like I’ve said before, we don’t really look at other teams too much,” said Lascelles.

“I am confident that whoever we play we can put up a good show. So we are just going to play in the right way, a professional manner, take it to them on Sunday.”

The 23-year-old has made 16 Championship appearances for Rafa Benitez’ side so far this season as Newcastle have soared to the top of the table.

They head into the clash against Leeds on the back of a 2-1 victory against Cardiff City and hope to extend their lead at the top where they are currently three points ahead of Brighton in second place.

Leeds have announced that the game is sold out, with the biggest crowd in six years set to make the atmosphere for the crunch game absolutely electric.

In other Newcastle news, Benitez’ side have suffered a devastating injury blow ahead of the clash against Leeds.