Newcastle legend Alan Shearer sends message to Jamaal Lascelles after captaincy award

Former Blackburn Rovers player Alan Shearer introduced to the crowd ahead of the game

The young defender was confirmed as club captain today.

Alan Shearer - Newcastle United ManagerAlan Shearer

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has taken to social media to congratulate Jamaal Lascelles on being awarded the Magpies captaincy.

The 22-year old has undergone a transformation since Rafael Benitez took the reins and his performances towards the end of last season and during pre-season fixtures made him the ideal candidate to fill the void left by Fabricio Coloccini.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during trainingNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during training

Shearer, who captained the Magpies for a large portion of his 405-game career with the club, sent this message to the Newcastle skipper on Twitter:

Lascelles will hope to build on his recent turnaround in form and will aim to lead Newcastle to glory in a familiar Championship environment, having previously starred in the division for Nottingham Forest.

Benitez has tailored his recruitment this summer to suit a promotion push in England’s second tier, with the likes of Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Grant Hanley all experienced performers at that level.

Aston Villa's Jordan Lyden in action with Bournemouth's Matt RitchieAston Villa's Jordan Lyden in action with Matt Ritchie

The Newcastle squad is shaping up nicely with just under a month until the transfer window closes and fans will be confident of an immediate return to the top flight.

Craven Cottage is the venue tomorrow night as the Magpies kick-off their league campaign against Fulham and this new-look Benitez team will be eyeing a three-point haul.

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