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Steve Bruce choice of Newcastle United Captain in place of Jamaal Lascelles compared to fan vote

2 years ago

Steve Bruce has to pick a new Newcastle United Captain.

Jamaal Lascelles out injured at least until sometime in December, although likely it will be into 2020 before he can return.

Asked about who would now take the armband, Steve Bruce appeared to make out that it was not too much of a big deal. No doubt not wanting it to become a bit of a story about missing Lascelles’ much talked about leadership abilities.

When pressed though, the NUFC head coach indicated that Jonjo Shelvey is set to wear the armband on Monday night.

Steve Bruce saying that he is the logical choice because (as he understands it), Shelvey has in the past been the first choice replacement.

As I remember it, on the odd occasions that Jamaal Lascelles was missing, Rafa Benitez gave the armband to various players at different times.

Interesting to look back at what Newcastle fans said just over a week ago (see below), when it became clear Lascelles would be out for some time.

We polled Newcastle fans and as you can see from the results below, Schar (29%) was by far the most popular, then Hayden (11%), with Shelvey on 9% along with four others (Dubravka, Ritchie, Dummett and Clark) with then Fernandez on 8%, the rest nowhere (Lejeune next highest on 3%).

Like most of you, I am in the middle when it comes to Jonjo Shelvey as a player, he can be very good but doesn’t do it anywhere enough times.

Steve Bruce says people have got the wrong ‘perception’ of Shelvey and that he does care and he does give it everything, the problem according to Bruce is that this season he hadn’t been 100% when playing.

He may have a point (up to a point…) but Newcastle fans have watched the midfielder for almost four years now, including almost three years of that in the Premier League and he has never delivered consistently. The nearest he got was the final months of the 2017/18 season when he put in an average to very good run of 10-12 games.

Too often though, instead of being willing to carry the ball he prefers to try and hit glory long balls which often might look good but rarely end up in a goalscoring chance, never mind goal. Likewise, too often he hasn’t looked keen on doing the amount of work needed these days to be a Premier League midfielder.

Another thing about a Newcastle United Captain is you really need to be an automatic starter and for me Jonjo Shelvey isn’t, as it stands Hayden and Sean Longstaff are first choice in midfield when everybody’s available.

Shelvey’s disciplinary problems are obviously another consideration, especially the ban that followed the Wolves match back in the promotion season.

Maybe in a lot of games who is captain isn’t all that important BUT in some matches it can make a difference, hopefully Jonjo Shelvey will rise to the challenge on Monday night if that is the case.

Steve Bruce asked about who will be Newcastle United Captain in the absence of injured Jamaal Lascelles:

“Jonjo (Shhelvey) seems to be the normal one (who is stand-in Newcastle United Captain), I have got no problem with that.

“If it seems to be that way, then I won’t upset that, we will give it to him.

“Jonjo Shelvey has got this perception about him that he doesn’t care, that is wrong.

“He is a good pro, he is a good lad and he’s popular.

“He trains well, I have got no problem with him.

“He tried to play through it (thigh injury) and I think that hampered him for a while…this perception that he can’t run is not right.

“So I think he is fit and now he has got to hit the physical levels and if he does he will be fine, because we know the ability he has got.

“It is the other (physical) side which you know he has to (work on and improve) and he has done it.”

The Mag – 14 November 2019:

Interesting to see who Steve Bruce names as Newcastle United Captain in the absence of Jamaal Lascelles.

Only two minutes into Saturday’s game, Jamaal Lascelles was involved in a collision with Martin Dubrabka.

Bournemouth player Callum Wilson appearing to cause/contribute to the collision with a needless challenge.

The Newcastle United captain played on but didn’t look 100%, eventually going off in the 20th minute after the Cherries had taken the lead six minutes earlier.

After the game, Steve Bruce said that he hoped it wasn’t too serious and that the fact Jamaal Lascelles was able to walk off the pitch, was a positive sign.

However, later on the NUFC defender was seen to leave St James Park on crutches.

On Tuesday night, newspaper reports revealed that the results of scans have shown ligament damage and Jamaal Lascelles won’t be playing football again until 2020.

He is set to miss up to three months of first team football and if you take his absence up a full three months to the second weekend in February, that would involve missing a massive 13 Premier League matches (and the FA Cup ‘run’…).

So as well as taking his place in the team, we were interested to find out the views of Newcastle fans on: ‘Who should be Newcastle United Captain with Jamaal Lascelles injured?’

Thanks to everybody who voted and these are the results, rounded up/down to the nearest whole number:

29% Schar

11% Hayden

9% Dubravka

9% Ritchie

9% Shelvey

9% Dummett

9% Clark

8% Fernandez

3% Lejeune

2% Sean Longstaff

1% Carroll

1% Saint-Maximin

0% Yedlin

0% Almiron

0% Joelinton

0% Willems


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