Jamaal Lascelles is a shadow of the player he was last season. It was around 12 months ago that the Newcastle skipper was being touted for an England call-up, however, he currently looks miles away from the national team. He was again off the pace yesterday, and picked up one of the most needless bookings you’ll likely ever see.
35' – Jamaal Lascelles is booked for a late tackle on Depoitre. 0-0. #NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 15, 2018
Just ten minutes from half-time, with the score finally poised at 0-0 and the game all to play for, Jamaal Lascelles walked a fine line when he decided to clatter through Laurent Depoitre in an attempt to win the ball. However, the ball was not there to be won and the Huddersfield striker was in no positon to cause any danger to the Magpies’ backline, yet Lascelles still shot through him.
On another day, with another referee, Lascelles could easily have been sent packing for an early bath, and the fans all knew that as they found themselves slating their skipper for his current form and his decision making in the moment. If they are to cement themselves as a side who can live comfortably away from the fear of relegation then they will need to cut out errors like Lascelles’, and it’s about time the defender had a long hard look at himself given his current form.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on Lascelles’ challenge here:
Cost us points the last two games, going for 3 in a row it seems
— Stuiee (@Mrstuie89) December 15, 2018
Think he wants Xmas off, he's a shadow of last year
— daren mulvihill (@DarenMulvihill) December 15, 2018
Talking about time off……
— Paul Stoddart (@bigdoug61) December 15, 2018
A great player in horrific form
— David Dring (@davidrdring) December 15, 2018
Trying to understand why he's done that. Such a pointless yellow card
— Gareth Thompson (@GarfThompson) December 15, 2018
Looks like he was trying to take him out of the gene pool
— John Muir (@scotchmadman) December 15, 2018
WTF is lascelles doing man ffs
— NuFc For LIFE (@ToonBarmy59) December 15, 2018
The Magpies were baffled by Lascelles decision to go throigh Depoitre and will hope he can turn his form around sooner rather than later, for both the club’s sake and for his own.