It is remarkable just what an influence the presence of Jamaal Lascelles has had on the Newcastle team.

With 27 matches played, Newcastle are in 13th place in the Premier League with 28 points.

An overwhelming 27 of those points have been gained when the Captain has started games.

Rafa Benitez of course has to take the overall credit for guiding the team to such a decent position after being undermined by Mike Ashley.

However, clearly it is necessary for the United boss to have somebody he relies on to implement his ideas and tactics, keeping the players on focus.

Here are the stats:

Jamaal Lascelles starts – Played 21 Won 7 Drawn 6 Lost 8

Jamaal Lascelles doesn’t start – Played 6 Won 0 Drawn 1 Lost 5

Jamaal Lascelles starts – 27 points from possible 63

Jamaal Lascelles doesn’t start – 1 point from possible 18

However, it is when it comes to goals conceded that you really see Lascelles’ impact:

Jamaal Lascelles starts – 19 goals conceded in 21 games

Jamaal Lascelles doesn’t start – 17 goals conceded in 6 games

In 18 of the 21 matches Jamaal Lascelles started, Newcastle have conceded either one or zero goals.

The exceptions being the 3-2 win at West Ham, 2-2 draw at Southampton and the 3-1 defeat at Man City.

The only point Newcastle have gained without Jamaal Lascelles was a 2-2 draw at bottom club West Brom, after the Magpies had gifted them a 2-0 lead…

You can get stats in a handful of matches that are all but meaningless but once you get to 21 games worth, it has to be taken notice of.

Despite this, week after week you get pundits predicting Newcastle are going to lose by two or three goals, or worse.

The stats tell you that with Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles in place, that is very unlikely to happen, just as was the case against Man Utd on Sunday.

He isn’t the finished article yet but I honestly think that nobody else could have had this overall benefit to the Newcastle team this season.

Plus on top of everything else, Lascelles also scored the winners against Stoke and Southampton, as well as the goal that earned a point against Burnley.

I don’t really care whether Gareth Southgate has got his number and if he’s getting on a plane to Russia…I just hope Jamaal Lascelles stays fit in these remaining 11 matches, because I’m very confident that his presence will ensure there is no chance of relegation.

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  • ghostrider

    Yep Lascelles is doing well. He’s not England material as of now. Another season and he could be one of England’s young starters.
    He could possibly make the world cup if injuries scupper the England team, centre back wise.
    Too much too early can hinder as much as help.
    If he carries on like he’s doing I could see him as a future England captain.

    As for Rafa taking the plaudits for getting the team out of trouble, he also has to take the flack if he puts the team into trouble.
    It works both ways and he has to be held accountable if he does the head scratching stuff of earlier in the season.

    However, I don’t want to be negative and would love him to take those plaudits for us (hopefully) being more than just safe…but comfortable.

    • Megatron1505

      Name 2 better English central defenders?

      • ghostrider

        It’s not a case of naming two better English central defenders.
        Grasp what I’m saying.
        He’s young and not quite ready. He’s still learning but definitely getting better by the game.
        Also future captain material in the making…..but not yet.

        • Megatron1505

          So there aren’t two better, but your wisdom says that we shouldn’t take him?

          What is your evidence that he wouldn’t step up and be as immense for country as he has been for club?

          • Wor Lass

            He`s playing really well in the PL – those stats show it. He`s better than cahill and less prone to mistakes than Stones. saturday`s game certainly did more for him than Jones and Smalling. He`s England material, no doubt, but I think he needs to do a bit more on his work with the ball. It`s better this season but I`m not sure if it`s international standard yet. I love the lad but I`d hate for him to be thrown in too soon and come a cropper. Having said that, I`m sure he`d want to take the opportunity if it was offered. He`s not scared of a challenge.

          • ghostrider

            Did I say there aren’t two better?

          • Megatron1505

            And their names are….

          • ghostrider

            I’ll tell you what. I’ll let you have the notion that Lascelles is the best English central defender in the premier league.
            Is that what you want and believe?

          • Megatron1505

            Ok, i’ll let you have the notion that he’s not ready, based on your zero experience in coaching professionally or knowledge of Lascelles character. Is that what you want to believe?

          • ghostrider

            Yep, that’s exactly what I do believe.

          • Megatron1505

            Because you’re a clucking moron.

        • Damon Horner

          Current England CB’s debuts

          Phil Jones aged 19
          Chris Smalling aged 22*
          Gary Cahill aged 25
          Harry Maguire aged 23
          John Stones aged 20*
          Michael Keane aged 24*
          Joe Gomez aged 19*

          *one years top flight experience on debut

          Why is Jamaal Lascelles aged 24 too young?

          • ghostrider

            I never said he was too young. I said he’s young and not quite ready, which is more to do with his 1 season as a premier player as a regular.
            Another season in the premier league and he can become an England regular if he keeps progressing in the experience stakes.

            It’s not beyond him not to get in for the world cup but it’ll take a few injuries to hand him his chance.

          • Megatron1505

            You say he isn’t ready, I say that you aren’t qualified to make that judgement. Guess who’s right?

          • ghostrider

            I’m right because I’m qualified to make my own opinion on what I believe to be a reasonable assumption.
            Seeing as my opinion has no bearing on whether Lascelles become an England player tomorrow or if ever, does not make any of us correct….which is why opinions will always be opinions.

          • Megatron1505

            No, you’re wrong because you are spouting about something you know nothing about. Your opinion may be that grass is blue and the sky is green, doesn’t make your opinion valid it just makes you a clucking idiot.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I understand one of your other log-ins is Notts Toon, remind us what you said about Lacelles under that nom de plume

          • Megatron1505

            And I have been more than happily proved wrong. You see, unlike you, I won’t wildly invent excuses and delve deep into supposition to try and cover an error. Feel free to try it some time 👍

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’d have to be wrong first!

          • Megatron1505

            I can wait 5 minutes 🔔🔚

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            👏👏;-)

          • Gareth Marshall

            Exactly.

            24 may be young in the real world but some players have already achieved a hell of a lot before they reach 24.

            He is ready and he should be in the England team ahead of a few on that list for sure.

            Ghostrider, you talk utter nonsense. Just be quiet please.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Williamson and Taylor.

        • Philippines

          Funny, but they did give their best and were instrumental in getting the promotion. Taylor at his best was very good, but then Bramble had one game I remember when he looked like England potential.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Is ramage still playing?

  • East Durham Mag

    Just hope the Cat Funt doesn’t decide to cash in on him.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Beat me to it…..this lad has could fund a new chopper or two…🚁🚁🚁

      • East Durham Mag

        Would be nice if it was the type Henry VIII used to rid himself of people he didn’t like 🤔

        • Mitros gotta start

          Would need to be a monster of a blade to get through the fat slugs neck

    • ghostrider

      That may not be in his hands.
      If the moneybag clubs deem him to be what they want then they will pay the price and take him.
      That’s not just a downfall of our club it’s every club outside of the elite 4 to 6.

      • East Durham Mag

        Its his fault in the entirety he is a greedy fat lying b&stard.

        • ghostrider

          Course he’s greedy. You don’t become millionaires and billionaires without being greedy.
          So apply all of that to every one you can think of with that type of money.

          There’s a reason why most have little and the few have most.
          It isn’t down to fairness and it certainly isn’t down to generosity.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Even if a big club offers £60m we should reject it, in the modern age we should be buying players for that amount. We’re not going to, but if we at least keep hold of our big assets then it’s the next best thing.

          • ghostrider

            In the modern age we should be shying away from 60 million players. Why?
            Because those players come with ultra sickening wages and a club killing couldn’t care less mentality.

            Take a look at Man Utd’s ego laced players. And Chelsea and Arsenal, etc.
            And that’s at clubs that many players tend to beg to play for until things don’t go their way.

            In the day and age of managers lasting so short term at clubs, it’s criminal to buy players that will only play for the club due to a certain manager being there.

            If the big clubs offer big money for Lascelles we can reject it until his contract runs out and let him go for free after more than likely losing half of his game due to being totally unsettled.

            The game is a monstrosity that required a genuine fix, soon or we lose any realistic adoration for the game and out clubs that will cease to be a club in the community sense.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Well can’t argue with that.

      • Megatron1505

        We’re still looking for the Andy Carroll money.

        • ghostrider

          Well just go and see Ashley and ask to search his pockets.
          I’m sure we haven’t bought players and paid big wages since Carroll wanted out.

          • Megatron1505

            £75m net spend over 11 years, hmmmm…..

          • ghostrider

            Tell me what Liverpools net spend is over 11 years.
            Add in Chelsea and Arsenal in the 11 years.
            Add in Man Utd and Man city and let’s see what those are.
            Let’s compare the money bags clubs net spend with our club.
            Over to you.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Liverpool’s net spend in the last 5 years is £50m, Arsenal’s almost £200m and both Manchester clubs almost half a billion.

            P.s. Brighton around £60m and WBA £100m

          • ghostrider

            Now try 11 years like I asked.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Man City top Newcastle bottom according to planetfootball? Tried to post the page but got blocked.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Brighton have spent 15% of our spend on wages over the last 5 years so what gives?

          • Megatron1505

            Why, I don’t support those clubs, do you? The point being do you believe that investment of a little over £4m per transfer window is acceptable?

          • ghostrider

            Daren’t you answer the question?
            If you’re arguing about our net spend over 11 years then place it against the rest and show me what your grief is.

          • Megatron1505

            Their net spend vs our net spend, their squad vs our squad and league position relative to transfer outlay. Even an oblivious troll like you can see the issue, whether you admit it or not.

        • Cockneytrev

          Ignore him he’s an Ashley troll,,,

  • Nut

    I honestly think if Lacheles doesn’t get on the plane to Russia then someone will be missing a trick. I don’t think there is a better candidate out there to play for England in defence.

    However I also think it might end up being too much too soon, look at the other defenders currently used in the England setup and they are not doing as well as they once we’re. I wonder if this is perhaps in part down to the influence and direction of 2 managers.

    • thewildchimp

      He should be called for some friendlies. It’s hard to gauge his overall abilities when he plays in such a closed defensive system. Other than that, he has experience playing against some of the best attackers in the world – he’s ready enough for the world stage.

  • Rich Lawson

    Shhh ! He’s our secret. No longer care bout England (He’d probably get injured anyway !) Interesting to see our ”media partners” today saying Jose is going to get shot of Jones and Smalling in the summer after Sunday’s debacle.

    • mentalman

      i’ve seen a couple of articles about that and identifying who he was going to buy to replace them and strangely lascelles wasn’t one of them

      • thewildchimp

        Realistically, we wouldn’t sell. Like with Mitro: nobody approached us for a year and a half, while it was clear Benitez doesn’t want him, simply because they knew we wouldn’t sell because we needed insurance for injuries. Suddenly, when we got Slimani, he gets several offers in a day-span.

        Ashley is greedy, but not stupid. He wouldn’t sell our best player for 10-20m and lose 100+m in TV money only. Without him we would be as good as relegated.

        • Geordiegiants

          I don’t think so!

  • grumpyoldmag

    Those who at the start of the season suggested he was our fourth best central defender are a bit quiet right now

    • Benmagpie

      You’re absolutely right. The boo boys on here lambasted him and Dummet as championship quality at best….didn’t give either an ounce of credit. I’m glad they’re eating humble pie.

  • Albert Stubbins

    When he came off after 70 mins against Bournemouth at home before Xmas I turned to wor youngun and said now we’re f*****. We conceded late on if you remember and went on a bad run with no big J at the helm. The other players clearly respect and more importantly listen to him. He’s our modern day Jimmy scholar. A real leader in every sense of the word and by God he was immense on Sunday!!

  • Cockneytrev

    Centre halfs are one of the two positions that in my opinion, become better with age,, I think he is up there with englands top centre halfs, but that’s not because he is world class , but because that and keeper are England’s two weakest positions,, so could he go to the World Cup finals ? If he keeps up his form, most definitely, will he start for England? I very much doubt it,,, the main reason for this is he’s at the wrong club!!!!

  • 5floorshigh

    great defender, fantastic captain and a real goal threat on corners but needs to improve ball distribution from the back which is most likely the reason he will not get picked for England at the moment.

  • Andy Mac

    This article just highlights how much we need another JL as the piranhas will be swarming around either before or after the WC.

    If Fatso’s in charge he’ll be wringing his chubby paws while those “£ signs” are flashing before his eyes. Then we’re back to another square one !