On-loan Newcastle defender Kell Watts says he wants to emulate the career of club captain Jamaal Lascelles.

In an interview with the Chronicle, Watts – who is spending the season on loan at Wigan – shared how much the defender has influenced his career.

Watts, 21, said he wants to go on and captain Newcastle one day in the future, too.

Newcastle United Pre-Season Training Session
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“Being in my position at centre-back and being captain of the club, Jamaal is someone I’ve looked up to since I was 18,” Watts said.

“What he does, I try to do as well. I want his career. I want to be the captain of Newcastle. I want to play for many years in the Premier League so any little bits of advice he gives me, I really take on board.


“He was great with me during the last pre-season in trying to get me to the next level and trying to push my game on to be more demanding and to be a leader.

“I’ve come here to Wigan to show that. We’ve got a good senior group here as well, but it’s putting my stamp on the team and the dressing room as well.”

Newcastle United Training Session
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Watts is an ambitious and talented young defender who wants to excel at Newcastle.

The loan to Wigan is the next step in that development and he needs to impress there.

There’s no reason why he won’t and hopefully one day he can establish himself in the Newcastle side and eventually wear the armband.

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