Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles has been quoted by the Chronicle explaining that he doesn’t yet feel like a player at the club, following a move from Nottingham Forest.
The 21-year-old joined Newcastle last season, before he was instantly loaned back to the Championship club for the remainder of the campaign.
He’ll now be aiming to get some game time under Magpies boss Steve McClaren when the competitive action gets underway next month at the start of an important season for the club.
“When I signed I got loaned straight back and that was kind of weird,” he’s quoted by the Chronicle.
“It didn’t really feel like I was a proper Newcastle player at the time. Now I am pleased to be here.”
“I went to a few games last season and the fans showed great support. Even at a smaller ground they still filled what they could so I was really pleased with that.”
A real opportunity for a young player
The Newcastle defence struggled at times over the second half of last season, which may have convinced McClaren that all defensive positions across his back four are up for grabs.
There are options who have more experience than Lascelles, but he’s got a clean slate and a chance to impress the manager as he tries to get his teeth into a chance in the first team.
He can help himself by continuing to approach pre-season in the right manner, playing well and playing professionally when he’s used.
There are also opportunities for him to impress on the training pitch, with a chance to show off his fitness and be the best defender in several key areas.
He’s got a couple of weeks to make a real impression on the boss, who will already be pencilling in names for the return of the competitive action.