Deserves more credit: Alan Shearer singles out one Newcastle player for praise
By Laura O’Leary
Alan Shearer believes Jamaal Lascelles deserves more credit as the youngest captain in the Premier League.
In his column on BBC Sport, ahead of his full interview with the Newcastle skipper on The Premier League Show, the Newcastle legend was full of praise for the 23-year-old.
He wrote: “He sees being Newcastle skipper as an honour, just like I did, and he definitely has the kind of character you need to be the leader at my old club.
“It is a lot to take on at any age but he deserves even more credit when you consider he is the youngest captain in the top flight.”
The centre back has played 11 games for Newcastle in the Premier League this season, and has even scored two goals in the process.
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In the 11 games he has played, he has helped the Magpies keep three clean sheets.
In total, the 23-year-old has featured in 29 Premier League game for Newcastle and was a key member of their squad when the side was in the Championship.
The former England U-21 played 43 games for Newcastle in the Championship, scoring three goals and registering two assists.
Lascelles was signed by the Magpies from Nottingham Forest in August 2014, before being loaned back to them for a season.
The defender is contracted to Newcastle until June 2023 after signing an extension in October 2017.
The 23-year-old, who turns 24 on November 11, did hobble off with an ankle injury, in Newcastle’s last game, which the Magpies lost 1-0 to Bournemouth, but it is not yet known if he will miss any action.
Newcastle’s next game is on November 18 when they travel to play Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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