Jamaal Lascelles has insisted Newcastle United's current crop of players are up for the fight against relegation - and are aiming to avoid being bailed out of trouble by January arrivals.

The skipper feels that long serving squad members have proved they can stay alive in the Premier League's battle for survival and will do so again.

The likes of captain Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Karl Darlow, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle have shown their worth when it matters since the club were promoted in 2017 and helped the Magpies remain as a top-flight side.

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Lascelles even suggested that bigger names have tried to follow suit and deliver success but have left the club under a cloud.

And while Lascelles did not name names, what is true at St James' Park is that players from La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 have all tried and failed on Tyneside during the skipper's six-year stay at the club.

Lascelles told the Chronicle: "Previous players have said: 'It's difficult to play at St James' Park'.

"And I would be lying if I said it's not. But it's part and parcel, and it's what we want.

"We want to be playing in front of big crowds. We have all adapted to it especially the older ones who have been here a long time.

"We don't get too low when things aren't going well and don't get too high when things are fantastic.

"You need tough skin and be a strong character. Ultimately, the fans are right, in what they ask for.

"Now we have backing from the new owners after the takeover. But in the short-term, it is now down to us to supply."

Lascelles has stayed strong during his stint at Newcastle since arriving from Nottingham Forest as a younger prospect.

Jamaal Lascelles and Nahki Wells
Jamaal Lascelles and Nahki Wells

Having been handed the skipper's armband in 2016, he has held on to it and played almost 200 appearances.

He admits his job is to keep players focused on the task in hand, but it isn't always easier for younger players with social media playing a huge part in the game these days.

Lascelles added: "Especially now with social media everything you pick up.

"You say: 'I'm not doing Twitter'.

"But you go on Facebook or Instagram and there's stuff everywhere, you can't hide from it.

"I guess if nobody was talking about you, you wouldn't doing something good in terms of football (as a career).

"It's something you have to deal with. We don't mind it.

"I think sometimes maybe I am too genuine in that I care. It matters to me what people think.

"Some players don't care and I guess that has pros and cons. It's just finding that balance.

"There will always be highs and lows in situations."

Like many of his team-mates, with the takeover now completed, Lascelles knows he is fighting for his future at the club with high profile players certain to arrive in the coming years.

Yet the centre-back will not give up on his dream of being the first man since Bobby Moncur to lift a piece of silverware way back in 1969.

Lascelles said: "That would be amazing.

"It's what every sportsman wants and they want to play for something.

"They want to say they have won silverware. For me to be the one to lift it - that's a dream come true, and it would be for everybody in Newcastle.

"Now the takeover has happened there is no better time to start the journey of success.

"We all want to be part of it - the season can start now again."

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