Toon Skipper Hails New Signings

Last updated : 21 October 2016 By Footy Mad - Editor

Jamaal Lascelles says Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side is united – on and off the pitch.

Asked if he had ever been involved in anything like this before, the 22-year-old said: “Nothing like this.

“Last season was a bit up and down. This season’s completely different.

“Rafa’s made some great signings, not just talented players but great lads. The dressing room is so important. It does go a long way.

“If you do things outside the dressing room, then you’re going to do it on the pitch.”

The togetherness was evident at Oakwell when Gayle scored his second goal and Mitrovic, an unused sub, joined in the celebrations.

“That sort of attitude and mentality will tick us over,” he added.

“It’s not just the 11 boys on the pitch,” said Lascelles.

“We’ve got a squad of 18, and we’ve got some players who’ve had to miss out.”

“The gaffer’s got a hard team to choose from. We’ve got a massive squad in terms of depth and talent.

“The ones on the bench are itching to get on. Credit to them, they’ve not spat their dummies out. They’re going to stick with us and congratulate us.

“That sort of attitude and mentality will tick us over. It’s exactly what we needed.”