Phil Thompson has chosen his Newcastle United Player of the Season.

Sky Sports pundits were asked to pick their player of the season from various Premier League clubs and Thompson has given us his NUFC one, as well as the reasons for it.

He says that Jonjo Shelvey deserves consideration after ‘a very good campaign’ but…

Phil Thompson chooses Jamaal Lascelles because ‘he has epitomised what they need as a leader and a winner.’

As fans, we all know what Lascelles has given the team/club, both on and off the pitch.

The stats are below, plus yet another outstanding interview he gave on the eve of the final match against Chelsea, saying Mike Ashley has to make sure he gives Rafa Benitez what he wants to keep him at the club.

Here are the stats for the Newcastle United 2017/18 season just ended, with and without Jamaal Lascelles:

Jamaal Lascelles starts – Played 32 Won 12 Drawn 7 Lost 13

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

Jamaal Lascelles starts – 43 points from possible 96

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 – 30 goals conceded in 32 games

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

In 26 of the 32 matches Jamaal Lascelles started, Newcastle have conceded either one or zero goals.

In his 32 starts, Newcastle were beaten by more than a one goal margin on only two occasions, at Anfield and the Etihad.

Phil Thompson’s talking to Sky Sports, asked for his NUFC Player of the Season:

“I think Jonjo Shelvey has had a very good campaign.

“But I would probably go for their captain, Jamaal Lascelles.

“I think he has epitomised what they need as a leader and a winner.”

Jamaal Lascelles talking to Sky Sports:

“I can’t emphasise how important it is [that Mike Ashley gives Rafa Benitez what he wants and the manager stays at Newcastle].

“Since he’s been here, the club has been on the rise. He’s got the club together, the city together, and everything has been positive.

“The players love him, a manager of that level who has been at big clubs and won trophies, you have got to do all you can to hold onto him. Look how he’s got us playing.

“People say we wouldn’t gel together and we’re a Championship side, well if that’s the case then the manager has got us all together and we’re sat in the middle of the table.

“As players, we’ve got to cross the white line, but we follow instructions from somewhere and that is the gaffer. The club have got to keep him happy.

“I can’t thank Rafa enough for how much I’ve improved, not only as a player but as a captain.

“I think I’ve come on leaps and bounds in that aspect, how to deal with things differently; he pulls me aside and says you can’t always be this way, you’ve got to adapt to different people’s personalities – he’s worked with Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry.

“When you’re flicking through Twitter or people say there’s rumours about this, that and the other you’re aware of it, but I don’t take any notice.

“I’m a Newcastle player, I’m happy here, I’m the captain and things are going really well.

“You hear about rumours, but I’m just concentrating on Newcastle.”

  • Geordiegiants

    That’s him gone to the first person with £30m.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Fatso would flog his Mother for the right price

      • Geordiegiants

        Nothing else matters to him but money. He really doesn’t give a flying about anything but.

        • Leazes.

          I think you are both wrong, Ashley like a lot of rich people are driven by power, the figures in his account are only figures that allow him to make another purchase in property. it will crash but yes he’s tight with us because he likes kicking the club.

          Its not meanness that he does this to United…. its nastiness, its control….he’s showing us that he owns the club….. which he doesn’t….we do!

          • Geordiegiants

            We would of if John Hall had allowed it, the problem then was he saw the pound signs and ducked us all over for them, pretty much like Jabba is doing. I get Jabba is doing things on purpose to inflict misery on the club, fans and city, but money is his Allah, he is brainwashed by it.

      • Rich Lawson

        To Wayne Rooney.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    You can put money that Jamaal will be out the door if Rafa leaves

    • Oval85

      And so will our other best performers… And we will sink like the mackems.

    • Geordiegiants

      That’s a given that and vice versa I would think.

    • Fireman Sam

      I suspect there will be a few more.

      Maybe that is what fat Mike wants!

  • Wor Monga

    How long has it been since we’ve had a Captain of Jamaal Lascelle’s stature at the club?…for me it’s Bobby Moncur…no disrespect to Nolan, Shearer, Beardo, Roeder, Keegan, etc but the captain has got to be someone at the heart of the defence…who can maintain team discipline and shape, and has the strength to stop any free spirits from losing tactical focus, and doing their own thing…

    …Rafa saw it clearly within a few days of coming here when the lad had been nothing more than a rarely used ‘spare part’ under successive clueless managers…he knew that Lascelles could earn respect from players in (what is essentially still) a man’s game by his strength of character, and determination not just the ability to administer a chinning…

    …Lose Rafa or him and the other will go too…the team will fall apart, and the next stop could well be the EFL, at the double!!!

    • Geordiegiants

      Look on the bright side, we will probably get to play the scum. 😬

      • Wor Monga

        Nah! at least 2 seasons…the mackems will be in the National League by then probably ground sharing with Hartlepool’s!!!

        • Geordiegiants

          With a bit of luck eh? 🤣😂🤣

    • Billmag

      Absolutely correct, Rafa is a genius at bringing people on just look at the improvement in Perez, Diame, Lascelles, Shelvey, Rafa needs to be kept at this club at all costs, and so does the captain.

  • Oval85

    Can someone please enlighten me on the story behind that picture?

    • Albert Stubbins

      looks like from 74 fa cup final- after closer inspection it looks as though he has a winners medal in hand? Big nose must have swapped shirts and stuck a silly hat on during lap of honour maybe? some of the older readers will know for certain I would expect.

      • Oval85

        Even more curious now -_-

  • Scott Robinson

    It was Rod Stewart who played on one wing and Garry Glitter was on the other. WE were so bad in that final that neither touched the ball and no one noticed we had 13 players as they were so rubbish, so these special guests were near invisible.

    Phil Thompson in that picture was the first man in the world to have a mobile phone. So it is a selfie to establish where the hands on those Polis’ arms have disappeared in those golden 1970’s.