Date: 10th November 2017 at 11:14am
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By Russell Edge

Newcastle United defender and captain has admitted that he has a lot to learn over his leadership qualities after fighting with team mate Mo Diame on the training ground.

The two heavyweights came to blows earlier in the season, which left Jonjo Shelvey with a broken finger as he attempted to break the two of them apart.

Now Lascelles, who has been in the role of club captain for just over a season, has given an insight into why the fight starts, as well as making the honest admission that it taught him that his approach as the squad’s leader needs to change.

Speaking on BBC’s The Premier League show (09/11, 22:00), he told Newcastle legend Alan Shearer: “I just didn’t like what I saw.

“If we fall out we fall out. If it gets to blows, it gets to blows but I’ve got to do my job – that’s why I have the armband.

“I guess I can be a bit hands on but I’m still learning. I’m only 23 I’ve got a long way to go in that sense.

“We’ve got a group of players who are trying their best and definitely with this group of boys they all get that.”

Lascelles has been a first team regular after having been thrown into the first team during an injury crisis during the 2015/16 season, which ultimately saw the club relegated.

Handed the captain’s armband by manager Rafael Benitez ahead of the campaign in England’s second tier, he was crucial in helping the Magpies return to the top flight at the first time of asking, snatching the Championship title in the last match of the season.

To date the former Nottingham Forest defender has 79 appearances across all competitions for Newcastle, having netted seven goals.

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