It has been a strange week for Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles to say the least.
The 24-year-old recently put pen to paper on a new six-year deal in a move that should have left him and supporters delighted. However, that has been far from the case.
Accompanied with his new contract came words of praise for Newcastle supporters’ favourite man and the most popular person on Tyneside, Mike Ashley. Lascelles also took the time to call for more unity and less negativity from the St. James’ Park faithful (Sky Sports), something which has not gone down well — and understandably so.
It is not hard to see where Lascelles is coming from if he feels that the current atmosphere at the club is having an effect on the team, who currently sit 19th place in the Premier League table having failed to win a game so far this season.
However, before supporters can become more upbeat, the players on the pitch actually have to give them a reason to, while Ashley’s circus upstairs is hardly going to leave fans jumping for joy — especially when results have been so poor.
With that in mind, Lascelles should not be surprised with the current discontent among supporters.
From the pitch to the boardroom, things have simply not been good enough. And should Newcastle be on the receiving end of another poor result later today when they welcome Watford, then the former Nottingham Forest man should expect the animosity from fans to only increase.