After Newcastle United secured a dramatic last gasp 1-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend courtesy of a goal from Isaac Hayden, supporters have reflected over just how good it was to have Jamaal Lascelles back in the side after his return from injury.
The Londoners, who spurned various opportunities to take the lead at St. James’ Park, were eventually undone by a last-minute goal from Hayden which gifted the Magpies all three points on a memorable afternoon. Steve Bruce’s side, who managed to keep Chelsea out to go on and nick the game, were helped in part by the return of Lascelles – with the Englishman winning 100% of his attempted aerial duels and accumulating a 7.4 rating on WhoScored.com.
As a result, supporters have lauded his return to the first team ahead of the second portion of their campaign – with one fan even going on to hint that he is better than Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.
By comparison, Lascelles edges his compatriot in terms of blocks (0.9) and clearances (5.4) made per game – whilst Maguire eclipses the Magpies defender when it comes to successful tackles (1.1) on average in the Premier League. Taking this into account, Newcastle fans have lauded his return to the team – find some of their best comments from Twitter down below.
Better then Maguire
— Mick (@Mick71222758) January 19, 2020
Hidden gem. Like all good CBs you don’t want to see what they are doing. Clark was immense too. I wonder if scrambled defence and lunging tackles contribute to our injuries. Assured defending so important
— Nigel Mortimer Day (@nige_day) January 19, 2020
Never understood why some fans get at him so much, not the most talented footballer but he defends like his life depends on it and his organisational skills are apparent, brilliant to have him back.
— Scott Gibbons1989 (@Scott_Gibbons89) January 19, 2020
His best quality is organization of the team…he’s just got it and makes us a better team even though he’s not the most physically talented player we have.
— UptheMags 👉😃👈 (@TGS42084) January 19, 2020
Always said he’s by far our best defender… Still young still learning
— G A R R Y ⚫⚪ W I L D I N (@Wildin9) January 19, 2020
He’s the most important player we have
— John Burke (@ukjohnburke) January 19, 2020
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