Lascelles insists age is irrelevant with Newcastle United captaincy

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during training

The 22-year-old was named the new Magpies captain this season.

Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles applauds the fans at the end of the match

Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has insisted to the Chronicle that age is not important after he was named captain.

The 22-year-old was named as the club’s official new skipper last week after impressing last season.

He was struggling to get into the team before Rafa Benitez’s arrival, before becoming a first-team regular under the Spaniard as they suffered relegation from the Premier League.

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

Benitez was clearly impressed as he decided to make him the permanent captain this summer.

Some have questioned the decision given Lascelles is one of the younger members of the squad, but he insists that age is just a number as far as he is concerned.

“Age is just a number for me,” he told the Chronicle. “If you’re a big enough character to deal with certain situations, you can deal with it. Just because I’m the captain, it doesn’t mean other players can’t lead each other on the pitch.”

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

It now remains to be seen if Lascelles proves to be a smart appointment for Benitez this season.

The Magpies will certainly need a strong leader in the squad, with this Championship campaign looking likely to be a tough one to say the least.

Lascelles proved he can be that last season, and Benitez will be hoping to see more of the same across this campaign as they look to return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during training

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