Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles explains what he is doing in a bid to get more first-team chances

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The Newcastle United youngster is biding his time in the hope of more first-team opportunities.

Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles has been speaking to the club’s official website after he played a part in the under-21s’ 0-0 draw with their West Bromwich Albion counterparts on Monday.

The 22-year-old has made three Premier League appearances for the Magpies this season and five in all competitions, but while he is spending much of his time on the bench on the first-team’s match-days he has admitted he is happy to be patient.

“It’s on the way to where I want to be and if I have to play a few more (under-21 games) then I’ll do it,” Lascelles told nufc.co.uk.

“I’m just being patient, working hard and doing what the staff say. I’ll always give my all, whether it’s for the under-21s or the first-team.”

Lascelles joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in 2014 but he spent last season on loan at the Championship side, making 27 appearances in the process.

After moving permanently to St. James’ Park he would have no doubt been hoping to get more minutes for the first-team, but his work ethic is admirable and he clearly understands that patience is the key as he bids to ultimately become a Newcastle regular.

His talent is such that he should make it in time, but that may not be for a while yet.

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