Newcastle United captain, Jamal Lascelles, has appeared to go against the concerns of teammate Danny Rose by insisting his team are raring to get going again this season.
Rose has been a critic of the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ plan, voicing his concerns over safety and claiming players are being used as ‘lab rats’ by the league.
The Spurs loanees comments are, of course, hugely valid. The left-back is fully-entitled to feel nervous and concerned given the current worldwide situation.
However, it appears that his skipper Lascelles is on the other side of the fence when it comes to playing again.
“We are ready to go. We are still motivated and have nine games to finish off,” Lascelles told the Mirror.
“We know the training ground is as safe as anything. Everyone has tested negative.”
Those comments appear to be in stark contrast to those of Rose. Lascelles, who is hoping to lead Newcastle to a good finish to the season after more or less seeing off relegation trouble, says match fitness will be the big test.
“Match fitness is hard to judge. Until you play behind closed doors, 11 v 11, that will give us a better idea of where we are at,” he added.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has also voiced his concerns over the restart. The Magpies boss has warned against rushing players back in case of injury.
Lascelles trying to lead by example – TBR View
Part of being a club captain is being a leader and showing some responsibility and level-headedness.
Lascelles is trying to do that here. He’s addressed concerns and not dismissed them but also he’s trying to show his teammates that things are as safe as they can be at the moment.
There’ll be no falling out between Rose and Lascelles here. It’s just a matter of differing thoughts and opinions in what is a truly unprecedented time for the world, not just football.