Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Expectations from Boss but We Can Deliver - Lascelles

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

High Expectations from Boss but We Can Deliver - Lascelles

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Byline: Lee Ryder in the United States Twitter: @lee_ryder

NEWCASTLE UNITED new boy Jamaal Lascelles is confi-dent Steve McClaren can bring an attractive brand of football back to St James' Park.

The 21-year-old centre-back has revealed McClaren has placed plenty of emphasis on the passing game at Newcastle this term.

He said it was high on his agenda after his first meeting with the players.

Lascelles made his debut during the 1-0 win over Gateshead and is now eyeing more game time as he looks to bid for a place in McClaren's first XI in the Premier League next month.

Lascelles told the Chronicle: "The minute we walked in, Steve McClaren got us in and we had a meeting. He told us how he wanted to play.

"He wants to get the ball popping around and hopefully we can carry that on into the season because that is what he wants. He has high expectations and high demands. "With the players we have there is no reason why we cannot do what he asks."

Lascelles has probably been thinking about his Newcastle debut for some time after joining the club 12 months ago However, like his team-mate Karl Darlow, he was loaned straight back to the City Ground. Lascelles - who, refreshingly, looks like he is having the time of his life being involved at Newcastle - said: "When I signed I was loaned straight back and that was kind of weird.

"It did not really feel like I was a proper Newcastle player at the time. Now I am pleased to be here.

"I am pleased to be training with the boys and like I said I was buzzing to pull the shirt on." There has certainly been a degree of anticipation from fans to see Lascelles because of the club's lack of defensive cover. Now though, United have new blood in their centre-back department.

Lascelles is battling for a place in the back four with Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson and some supporters are ready to see what the Derby-born player can offer. …

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