There’s something about Newcastle United.
That’s the view of captain Jamaal Lascelles, who led the club to a 10th-placed finish last season.
Rafa Benitez’s team were written off by some commentators before a ball was kicked.
And those comments “angered” Lascelles.
“As captain of this team, it’s not nice to hear ‘this team’s not good enough’ and ‘you need better players’. It angers me.
“I know these boys, and I know how good they are. Not only that, I know they’ll give 110 per cent for the badge, and that’s why we’ve not had to worry about relegation.
“With five games to go, we were clear and in mid-table. These boys have so much about them, and I’m so pleased we proved those doubters wrong.”
Newcastle secured their Premier League status with five games left to play.
“Our target was to stay up and get a real grasp of the Premier League, but we’ve done so much more than that,” said the 24-year-old, who has been linked with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
As captain of this team, it’s not nice to hear ‘this team’s not good enough’ and ‘you need better players’. It angers me.Jamaal Lascelles
“To be safe with five games to go, we were then setting new targets and seeing how far we could push. The four games we had (left) ... we weren’t able to reach those targets.
“But then we finished the season off in a real positive way. Overall, it’s been an unreal season as far as I’m concerned, both for me personally, and more importantly for the club.”
Lascelles was honoured by the flag displays at St James’s Park last season.
And the efforts of supporters – both vocally and visually – weren’t lost on the players, according to Lascelles, who is under contract at United until 2023.
“They put so much time and effort into supporting us,” said Lascelles.
“They really appreciate us, and I just want them to know how much we appreciate them.
“I can’t thank the supporters enough. Hopefully, next season we can give them another positive one.”