'Impressed so many' - Stan Collymore compares Newcastle star to PL legend

By Russell Edge

Former Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore has said that Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles reminds him of ex-Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard.

At 23 years of age, Lascelles is the current club captain for the Magpies, having been appointed in the role by manager Rafael Benitez at the start of last season.

He played a starring role at the heart of the defence in his side’s promotion from the Championship, and he has continued his fine form into this campaign, having led the club to three wins from six, having scored the match winning goal in two of those games.

Collymore says that he sees a little bit of Benitez’s former captain Steven Gerrard in the Newcastle man, and states that he has been impressed by Lascelles’ leadership.

Writing in his column for the Mirror, he said: “Jamaal Lascelles has impressed so many people – me among them – with the way he ­conducts himself at Newcastle.

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“He demands standards, he is not afraid to ask questions and is a reminder that leadership is always an important quality.

“He has a boss in Rafa Benitez who worked at Liverpool with ­arguably the best captain in England.

“If Benitez has found a lite ­version of Gerrard in the Newcastle ­skipper, he will be very, very pleased.”

Gerrard made 504 appearances in the Premier League, while earning 114 caps for England.

Lascelles was named on the substitute’s bench for the opening game of the season against Tottenham, with summer signing Florian Lejeune taking his place.

However, his appearance from the bench means he has appeared in all of the club’s matches this season, continuing the formidable partnership formed with Ciaran Clark in the second tier last season.

In other Newcastle United news, a business tycoon worth a reported £30billion was in the crowd at St James’ Park on Sunday.

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