Talksport pundit offers his verdict on bold Rafael Benitez decision

Everton's Ross Barkley is brought down in the area by Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles resulting in a red card to Lascelles and a penalty to Everton

Jamaal Lascelles has been made the new captain of Newcastle United.

Everton's Ross Barkley is brought down in the area by Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles resulting in a red card to Lascelles and a penalty to EvertonEverton's Ross Barkley is brought down in the area by Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles

Micky Quinn suggested on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, August 5, 2016) that Jamaal Lascelles will be a success as the Newcastle United captain.

Lascelles, who is only 22 years of age, will be the captain of Newcastle for the 2016-17 campaign.

The former England Under-21 international defender has played only a handful of first-team games for the Magpies so far in his career.

It is quite a bold decision of Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez to make the youngster the club captain.

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Swansea's Alberto PaloschiNewcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Alberto Paloschi

Newcastle are one of the biggest and most well-supported clubs in England. The 2016-17 campaign is a very important one for the Magpies, as they will feature in the Championship after getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.

Lascelles’s job is not going to be easy, but former Newcastle forward Quinn believes that the youngster will be a success in his new role.

“I love the kid,” said Quinn on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, August 5, 2016). “I watched him first hand last season, a couple of games live, especially against (Aston) Villa on talkSPORT. He is blossoming.

“He came out as a young player last season in the Premier League with all the older pros there, and he said some of these players are not pulling their weight, which raised a couple of eyebrows. He was right, and he got the captain’s armband. He can drive that team on, drive that team on.”

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Sunderland's Jermain DefoeNewcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Lascelles, who joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2014, featured in 18 Premier League matches for the Magpies last season.

The defender played relatively well and showed a lot of maturity. The youngster is vocal, and he will need to be so both on the pitch and off it during the 2016-17 campaign.

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