Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has sent a strong message to Mike Ashley in an interview discussing Rafa Benitez, prompting the NUFC owner to ‘give him what he wants’ as NUFC ‘won’t find anyone better’ if he were to leave.
The skipper’s comments on Rafa Benitez here are an extension of his brilliant interview in the Mail (click here to read it in full), and in typical Jamaal Lascelles fashion, it’s a great read where he is as up front and honest as ever.
Here’s what he’s had to say about Benitez when asked about the Spaniard’s current predicament at the club:
“I can see why other people would want him as he is world class,”
“It would be a massive loss for us. Since he came in everything has been positive, from the reaction of the fans, the respect of the players and what he gets from the players and how we are playing.
“If he had arrived earlier last time round, he would have kept us up. I have come on leaps and bounds since he has been here.
“So I think we should do our best to make sure he is comfortable and for me they should be giving him what he wants because they won’t find anyone any better than him.
“We need to carry on like we are going (so far this season). We have a good manager who knows what he is doing, a good set of lads who are organised and together and the best fans in the country. If we stick together this club can really take off.”
One line stands out for me: “I think we should do our best to make sure he is comfortable and for me they should be giving him what he wants because they won’t find anyone any better than him.” This is bang on.
Whether you don’t like the fact he plays Joselu or doesn’t make changes until late, we are not going to get a better manager than Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.
Right now he is operating with a Championship squad, with his hands seemingly tied in what could be one of our most important transfer windows in recent years. As Jamaal says, ‘they’ (Ashley and co.) should be giving him what he wants for this very reason – and it’s not like what he wants is unreasonable.
The missed chances on Saturday and eventual 1-1 draw with Swansea was proof of our limitations. A quality striker and attacking midfielder and I’d like to bet we would’ve won that game, and won it fairly comfortably too.
Mike, listen to your manager, listen to your club captain and listen to the fans that line your pockets each week. We’re not asking for much, we’re asking for the odd signing to secure our Premier League status.