Life couldn’t be better for Jamaal Lascelles at the minute.
Newcastle United have already secured Premier League safety.
The players now with a free go at trying to finish as high as eighth, with an excellent run of form as the end of the season comes to a close.
Lascelles also says that the faith Rafa Benitez has shown in him ha also accelerated him maturing as a person and as a captain.
Whilst Gareth Southgate is yet to listen to them, the calls are getting ever louder for the 24 year old to be called up by England.
Whilst off the pitch Jamaal Lascelles has now revealed hat he and his partner are expecting a baby later this year.
With a son on the way, the Newcastle Captain declares ‘I am buzzing, couldn’t ask for anything more.’
When it comes to the football side of his life and what makes Newcastle United tick at the moment, Jamaal Lascelles has no doubt: ‘Everybody cares and I think that is the main thing.’
Jamaal Lascelles talking to NUFC TV:
“As Captain, I kind of know how to get the best out of players.
“Sometimes it is not all about being aggressive, or sometimes it is not all about putting an arm around.
“You have to balance it up and mostly everybody takes criticism – they all take it differently.
“The minute though you get on the pitch, everybody is telling each other what to do, everybody is organising, and I do think that has a massive part to play in how far we have come, or how competitive we are.
“Everybody cares and I think that is the main thing.
“We play with a lot of passion and everybody is hungry to win games – they want to do it for the fans, for the staff, for each other.
“If everybody has got the same mentality then you are going to be a hard team to beat.
“We did have a lot of people doubting us, saying we are a Championship team, but we have proved a lot of people wrong.
“The Manager knows what he is doing and we trust the Manager, what he says goes, and I will back whatever decision he makes.
“Everton is going to be a tough game but we are up for it.
“If we conduct ourselves like we have the last four games, we will have no problems.
“Having the armband and having a manage who has put so much trust in me, and so much respect, it has kind of made me mature even faster.”
‘Expecting a baby later this year?’
“I’m over the moon, I always said I wanted to be a young dad.
“It has happened now, the baby is going to be 20 weeks on Monday, it’s happening really quick, and I just can’t wait to finally meet him.
“Obviously my girl was hoping for a girl but it is a boy and I am buzzing, couldn’t ask for anything more.”