Confirmed: Newcastle appoint new captain

Former skipper Fabricio Coloccini left for San Lorenzo earlier this summer after an eight-year spell at St James’ Park.

Central defender Lascelles, who joined the Magpies from Nottingham Forest in 2014, established himself in the Magpies side towards the end of last season. 

The 22-year-old was one of the few players to emerge with credit from their relegation campaign and he led the side in pre-season. 

He has impressed Benitez this summer and the Newcastle boss said: “We have a few players now in the squad who have the character to be captain, but Jamaal has proven himself to be a leader and a big personality in the dressing room and on the pitch.

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