'Teams will struggle' - Lascelles reveals what will give Newcastle advantage over rivals

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has revealed that the youthful nature of the squad will allow the club to tackle the top sides this season.

Rafael Benitez has assembled a squad which is younger than all of the other sides in the Premier League, with his starting XI against Huddersfield the youngest of the campaign with an average age of 25.2 years.

Of the six players signed up over the summer, only two were above the age of 25, in the form of centre back Florian Lejeune and striker Joselu.

That has translated into a youthful line up for the Magpies, with just four of the eleven starters against Liverpool on Sunday having had their 26th birthday.

While many would question the side’s lack of experience, Lascelles, who is club captain at just 23-years-old, insists it will act as an advantage, as he believes it did against Liverpool.

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He told the Chronicle: “We are a young group of players and we are going to work hard for the badge.

“You looked at the board when the manager put their team up and you just looked at all that quality – the likes of Coutinho, Sturridge, Salah and Mane.

“You know straight away it is going to be tough, but the advantage that we had was our hunger.

“That’s what pushes us. I do really feel if we have the same energy and intensity as the Liverpool game and can show it home and away, teams will struggle.”

Newcastle currently sit in ninth after picking up 10 points from seven games, which makes them the highest of the newly promoted side heading into the internationals.

They will be hoping to return to winning ways after the two week break, with their next clash handing the Magpies a long trip to the south coast to take on Southampton.

In other Newcastle United news, a report states that a crucial deal could be secured in the coming months.

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