After taking charge of Newcastle reserves’ 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night, Peter Beardsley thinks that in Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle ‘might have a good player for the future’.
Lascelles was also a second half substitute on Saturday and almost grabbed the winner against Stoke from a corner, only for his header to be one of Jack Butland’s many saves.
With Lascelles one of a number of first team players making rare appearances for the reserves, including Siem de Jong, it was the first time that the former Nottingham Forest defender had trained under Beardsley in preparation for last night’s match with Villa.
Peter Beardsley reaction was that Jamaal Lascelles had ‘been outstanding in everything’, based on one training session, going on to say ‘he was incredible’.
Whilst Beardsley’s comments may be a ‘little’ over the top, many Newcastle fans were quite happy at the prospect of seeing how Jamaal Lascelles would have done alongside Cancel Mbemba against Stoke, only for Coloccini’s ban to be overturned.
Like all young players, until he gets his chance of a run in the team, we won’t find out if he can help turn around the disastrous defensive record of recent years.
Peter Beardsley talking to the official club website:
“Ivan Toney has done brilliantly for two tap-ins for Callum (Roberts), it was the right thing to do. A lot of people shoot in those positions and end up doing the wrong thing.
“I don’t know if it was because Siem de Jong, who has got that type of intelligence, was on the pitch, but Ivan is that type of character and he’s been excellent since he arrived.”
“Jamaal Lascelles trained with us for the first time yesterday and he has been outstanding in everything. He was incredible, I have to say, and I’m really pleased for him because he seems a good lad anyway around the place.
“But you don’t know until you work with them and because he is with the first team I don’t usually work with him. But I have seen him yesterday and I’ve seen him today, and it looks like we might have a good player for the future.”