Lascelles In Team Of The Week (12/9/17)
Newcastle United are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Jamall Lascelles in the one nil victory over Swansea City at the weekend at the Liberty Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Lascelles as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'It was Jamaal Lascelles' block on the line that set up both the 1-0 victory for Newcastle at Swansea on Sunday and the tone for the entire team's performance. If ever you wanted to give your manager a lift on his sick bed (Rafa Benitez was absent through illness) then a classic away win is certainly the way to do it. Lascelles' contribution to the victory was a bit special. But does owner Mike Ashley really expect a young side, giving everything at the moment, to survive the season in the Premier League with the resources he has given them? If he does then he is living in cloud cuckoo land. Ashley needs to get his hand in his pocket and invest properly in a team the city of Newcastle deserve. They have a great manager, an amazing set of fans and a team clearly proud to wear the shirt. Benitez has brought some wonderful young talent through and made players out of them. Players like Matt Ritchie and Lascelles have developed brilliantly under the watchful eye of the Spaniard and they deserve more support and their manager the finances to enable him to give the team a real chance of survival. It's the least Ashley can do. If not, he should sell the club and let someone else do it.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Lascelles for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Pascal Gross (Brighton), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Choupo-Moting (Stoke City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)