Eddie Howe issues update on Newcastle United captaincy
Jamaal Lascelles will lead Newcastle United to the new Premier League campaign.
Lascelles took the skipper’s armband six years ago following the club’s relegation to the Championship – and head coach Eddie Howe will not change his captain for the 2022/23 campaign.
Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer last season labelled January signing Kieran Trippier as a “future” captain of the club, but Howe will not be taking the armband off Lascelles, a player he has labelled as a “big part” of his plans.
"Jamaal’s our captain,” said Howe. "He led the team really well last season. He’s a big presence, and a very positive influence on the squad. He’s been excellent pre-season, so Jamaal is our captain. If he doesn't play, for whatever reason, injuries or whatever, I will pick somebody else. But it's not the time to talk about it."
Howe added: "Jamaal’s definitely staying. He’s a big part of what we’re doing."