No doubt Jamaal Lascelles will have been having the odd sleepless night as Newcastle await their first win of the season.
However, he is set for a few more with the arrival of Jamari Rai Lascelles.
Congratulations to the Newcastle United Captain and his partner on the arrival of their first child.
Interviewed this past week (see below), Jamaal Lascelles says that the international break came along at the right time to refresh things.
Hopefully he’ll be feeling suitably refreshed on Saturday against Arsenal, with him and his teammates celebrating the new arrival with three points.
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Jamaal Lascelles talking to NUFC TV:
“A little rest won’t harm anyone, it [the international break) is a chance to refresh, recharge the batteries, and go into the Arsenal game positive and start the season properly from there.”
“Things haven’t really gone our way at times and if you go back to the Tottenham game, we didn’t get the result we wanted, but we took a lot of positives from it.
“The Cardiff game – we know it was a bad game and going down to 10 men didn’t help, but we managed to get a point.
“Then, of course, Chelsea and Manchester City, we have had a really difficult start to the season.
“We have played well in all the games so far, we’ve been positive and been on the front foot.
“Against Chelsea and Manchester City it was close, so there’s no reason why we should start panicking or anything.
“A really tough start as we knew it would be but the important thing as well is the goals-conceded column.
“It’s not nice to concede goals but a lot of teams this year will go to Man City, or even when at home to Tottenham or Chelsea, they will let in three, four or five goals.
“I don’t like being defeated and I don’t like conceding goals, but in the long run, goal difference can make a big difference in where you finish in the league.
“Conceding two goals to Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, you can be quite pleased with that, because other teams will struggle against them.”
The training ground ‘incident’ with Matt Ritchie:
“As everybody knows, some people when they get a sniff of anything and they’ll make it into a much bigger deal than it is.
“This is sport and every sportsman will say the same – a group of men on the training pitch, with adrenaline flying, there’s going to be…I wouldn’t say altercations, but there are going to be arguments.
“We have got such a passionate team, we all want to do so well players will speak their voice and will get stuck in. Arguments will happen, but in terms of of the pitch stuff, it’(things that happen in training) will never change anything personally. It will always stay on the pitch and you shake hands afterwards.
“I think that is a winning mentality, because if you don’t care and you don’t say anything, or you don’t want to put your foot in, then you are going to get relegated.
“Things will happen on the training pitch where players will fall out but in terms of it affecting our team spirit, and me not liking somebody or someone else not liking somebody else, it won’t change that.”