Double European Cup winner Kenny Burns, says that Newcastle players Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow could go on to play for England, but aren’t good enough to play in the Premier League at the moment.

That is the good news/bad news view on the two Newcastle loan players from the former player who was a big figure in the Cloughie team at Forest who also won the League title.

Now writing for the Nottingham Post, Kenny Burns had this to say about the two players Newcastle bought last summer before instantly allowing them to return for a year’s loan at the City Ground.

On Karl Darlow:

“It’s possible one or both of them could go on to play for England but that doesn’t mean they would not benefit from another season with Nottingham Forest.

“To me, Darlow is someone who can get better and there are certainly areas of his game he can improve on. He’s come a long way but he’s still learning the game and I’m not sure he’s Premier League class yet, though I do believe he will be.”

Needs another year in Championship:

“I think he needs another year with Forest to work on things that come with experience like decision making and dominating your box.

“There are times when I’ve thought ‘he should have come for that’ but he’s only in his second or third season in the first team and we all make mistakes, it’s a question of how you learn from them.”

On Jamaal Lascelles:

“When it comes to Jamaal, you could make a case for him being a future England defender.

“It’s not a position where they are overly blessed at the moment and he’s already on the radar having trained with the national team a few times, I would love to see him be more aggressive and explosive over a few yards.””


“He is big and strong and if he used that strength against strikers better I don’t think they’d bully him, as they do now sometimes, I would like for him to come back to Forest for another year to help him develop his game further.

“There are times this season when I think he’s been our best defender but it took him a long time to get going when he did get selected, I would still like to see more of him though.”

With Newcastle desperate for new faces to add to the squad now, it would be very surprising if the pair were allowed to go out on loan again, no matter how it may potentially affect their long-term prospects.

Very few Newcastle fans will expect anything less that both Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles being paraded this summer as being amongst United’s ‘new’ signings.