Garth Crooks has chosen his Premier League team of the week (see below) and included Jamaal Lascelles in the eleven, after Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Stoke.
Last weekend also saw the BBC pundit select the Newcastle captain in his top 11 players, following Lascelles’ winning goal and display against Swansea.
When explaining his selection a week ago, Garth Crooks also looked at the overall picture at Newcastle United and said that with the crippling lack of investment in the squad this summer, there isn’t a ‘real chance of survival’ without Rafa getting proper financial backing.
Wrapping it up, Crooks said that if Mike Ashley is not prepared to back his manager ‘he should sell the club and let someone else do it’.
As well as the selection of Jamaal Lascelles, it is also a case of deja vu with Garth Crooks view on the problems at St James Park.
This time he has said ‘This is heroic stuff from these Newcastle lads but be sure they will soon run out of gas’.
Crooks adding ‘It is imperative that Rafa Benitez is allowed to continue developing this team in January because this bubble will burst’.
I have to say that once again I have to agree with everything Garth Crooks is saying, apart from the bit about it not being a penalty…
Garth Crooks talking to BBC Sport:
“It’s absolutely buzzing at St James Park at the moment and I’m not surprised with Jamaal Lascelles leading their charge.
“Their captain looks a real danger on set-pieces for Newcastle – scoring against Swansea last weekend – and so it proved again as he towered above the Stoke defence to nod home the winner.
“It was ironic that Lascelles found himself remonstrating with referee Stuart Attwell about his refusal to award the Magpies a penalty just before that.
“I must say I agreed with Attwell – Kurt Zouma did make contact with the ball.
“However, it was from the ensuing corner kick that Lascelles got his rewards. He should have scored earlier in a similar situation but put too much into the header.
“This is heroic stuff from these Newcastle lads but be sure they will soon run out of gas.
“It is imperative that Rafa Benitez is allowed to continue developing this team in January because this bubble will burst.”
Garth Crooks Premier league team of the week:
Goalkeeper – Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defender – Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)
Defender – Joel Matip (Liverpool)
Defender – Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)
Wing-back – Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Midfielder – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Midfielder – Mario Lemina (Southampton)
Wing-back – Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal)
Forward – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Forward – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Forward – Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Stoke 1
Newcastle: Atsu 19, Lascelles 68
Stoke: Shaqiri 57
Possession was Stoke 58% Newcastle 42%
Total shots were Stoke 10 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Stoke 13 Newcastle 14
Corners were Stoke 5 Newcastle 7
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Diame 86), Joselu (Gayle 78)
Woodman, Murphy, Manquillo, Lejeune
Crowd: 51,795 (approx 1,500 Stoke)
(Phil Thompson admits he could have been wrong about Newcastle players – Read Here)
(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after beating Stoke Here)
(Alan Shearer a very happy man after Newcastle went top four – Read it Here)
(The instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to win over Stoke – Here)
(Your Newcastle v Stoke player ratings Here)
(Mark Hughes’ comments Here – he was watching a different game!)