Alan Shearer has named Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles in his Premier League team of the week following his performance in the 1-0 defeat against Tottenham last weekend.
The likes of Sean Longstaff, Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon were receiving most of the praise from what I saw on social media on Saturday, however Lascelles was quietly very impressive – something he has been ever since Lejeune’s return to action for me.
Going back just a month or two, I remember Lascelles looking indecisive, error-prone and off the pace, with him having a spell in the side where the likes of Schar and Fernandez seemed to be consistently outperforming him, however he’s looked much more like his old self over the past month or so.
Lejeune’s calming influence may have played a part – a player he had formed a brilliant partnership with last season- with him looking much more settled and solid since the Frenchman’s return for me.
Our defence has never been the issue this season, but we’ve looked particularly solid of late – and Lascelles’ return to form at the heart of that 3/5 man defence has been huge.
Cardiff never looked like scoring a few weeks ago, we then kept City at bay for the 94 minutes that followed Aguero’s 24 second opener out of nowhere and Spurs took 83 minutes to break us down – and only did after a rare error from Martin Dubravka.
Lascelles has looked sharper. We know he’ll head away and clear balls into the box, but he’s been quick into the tackle when using his pace on the cover and decisive in all that he’s done – which is everything he wasn’t doing well just a few months ago in his shocker at home to Wolves and lucky escape at Huddersfield where he should’ve seen red.
Great to see from the our captain. Let’s hope he can keep it up!