By Will Butcher

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has warned his side not to get complacent ahead of Saturday’s Championship encounter against Brentford.

The 22-year-old, who was handed the armband by manager Rafa Benitez during the summer, is desperate for his side to maintain their good form as they look to secure their eighth domestic win of the season.

Speaking to the Evening Chronicle, Lascelles revealed that the Toon must “not let things slip”, as they look to move level with league leaders Huddersfield on 25 points.

I respect this league massively and I was telling the boys before the Rotherham game we can’t get complacent,” Lascelles told the Evening Chronicle.

“In the Championship it is all about whoever turns up on the day. Thankfully, we have been turning up but we have to keep it that way and not let things slip.”

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

The former Nottingham Forest centre-back has been integral to the Magpies impressive start to the Championship, as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Newcastle’s number six has played in all 11 games of the North East outfit’s campaign so far, as well as featuring in both of his side’s EFL Cup games alongside the likes of Chancel Mbemba, Ciaran Clark and Grant Hanley.

A win on Saturday could see Newcastle go top of the Championship, as they have a superior goal difference to David Wagner’s Huddersfield. For Lascelles and co. to go top though, the Terriers and Alex Neil’s Norwich must drop points.

In other Newcastle news, this former star has revealed that he could make a sensational return to St. James’ Park before the end of his career.