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I’ve never been one to lose too much sleep over who Newcastle’s captain is but when I look back at who has worn the armband over the last twenty years or so, there is definitely a correlation between our affiliation of the era and leaders at the time. For example, Alan Shearer as captain personally reminds me of classic 4-3 wins, derby victories and taking the lead in the San Siro. On the flip side Fabricio Coloccini reminds me of occasional brilliance but in the main relegation battles, derby losses and a team that seemed devoid of any characters or grit. My personal opinion is that captains should be influential.They don’t have to be the team’s best player but they do have to lead by example. This means digging someone

out if they’re not giving their all,  organising the team on the pitch and investing their time in the community. These traits you’d have to say are all evident in our latest captain. Jamaal Lascelles rise to Newcastle captain has been a turbulent one. Bought alongside Karl Darlow in August 2015 he was sent back to Forest to mature for six months before being considered for first team duty.

watched him in preseason  friendlies in the USA and worried we’d bought nothing more than a meat head.As the Premier League season started he was only seen when times  were desperate, such as the 6-1 collapse at Manchester City and away loss

When he fully arrived in the summer of 2015 I

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