Jamaal Lascelles was involved in a heated argument with Matt Ritchie in training last week, according to the Chronicle‘s Lee Ryder.
The row erupted after our captain disagreed with Rafa’s tactics about playing a five-man defence against Chelsea. The pair did put aside their differences and there is thought to be no ill-will between the pair.
However, it isn’t the first time that Lascelles has been involved in confrontations with teammates, following the clash with Mo Diame last year. After this latest incident, I asked fans if they see the club offloading our no.6, but the majority think he will stay:
I agree with most supporters here. Even though it seems this latest butting of heads did step well over the line, it’s good to see players who care and are willing to make their views known.
There are all sorts of incidents at training grounds that are never reported, and while you do hope that the team get on with each other, a little conflict can sometimes drive players to perform better.