Jamaal Lascelles is still very much on the upward part of his learning curve as a potential top player of the future.
With only 10 starts in the Premier League, he very much has his career ahead of him, having turned 23 in November.
However, off the pitch he is certainly showing he is no Fabricio Coloccini.
It summed up the disastrous running of the club pre-Rafa Benitez, when for years we had a captain who was happy to have emails sent out to fans in his name that clearly had been prepared by the club, plus the very worst part was that the then Newcastle Captain refused to do interviews after matches. Only doing one or two post-match appearances in the entire time he was Captain of Newcastle.
That lack of leadership was symptomatic of the club and ran right through it, via Lee Charnley and Pardew/Carver/McClaren. Those last three more than happy to speak to the cameras but merely puppets n reality.
Jamaal Lascelles first really came to prominence last season when he went public after standing up in the dressing room and telling his established and more experienced teammates that they were a disgrace, or words to that effect…
Named by Rafa as his first team Captain, Lascelles has continued in the same vein this season, never shirking anything on or off the pitch.
Actually dropped by the Manager after only two games of the season, the United skipper took it on the chin and said he deserved it, then proceeded to lead Newcastle to 12 wins and only one defeat in their next 14 Championship matches.
Similarly, after a dip in form, Jamaal Lascelles was left out against Derby at St James Park but bounced back with a brilliant captain’s performance as United won at Wolves last weekend.
Despite being at fault along with Karl Darlow for the goals last night, Lascelles still doesn’t shirk representing the club, players and fans, when putting himself up for being quizzed after Norwich 2 Newcastle 2.
“It was an excellent start and we moved the ball really well.
“Ayoze Perez is a clever player; if he gets half a chance he normally puts it away, so it gave us a little lift.
“But after that, we have got to really switch on because I think that when we go a goal up, we’re really vulnerable. We need to sort that out and look at ourselves.
“I ask quite a lot of this team and we shouldn’t even be in a situation where we’re trying to get a goal back, no team should be able to do that to us.
“I know it was from mistakes that we made and we’re disappointed that we made errors – but on the other side, we’re pleased that we came away with something tonight.
“I just found myself in the right place at the right time (to score the equaliser) and I’d rather it had been 0-0 than 2-2.
“We’ll just prepare for the next game now, and keep our heads up.”
“He (Karl Darlow) has got high expectations of himself, he’s got really high standards, and we all do with each other.
“Mistakes happen all the time. Even Ronaldo, Messi, they all make mistakes, it happens to every single player. You can’t be amazing every single day.
“He’ll brush it off, it’s not going to affect him at all. But we all reacted well and managed to get a point, so we go again on Monday.”