Former England legend Stuart ‘Psycho’ Pearce has said that he thinks Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles have great potential, but aren’t ready to play Premier League football.
The one-time Newcastle player speaks from experience having managed them at Forest, indeed he was the angry manager when Forest’s owner decided to sell the pair to United for around £7m (before being loaned back to Forest for a season).
“Well, they are both outstanding lads and their character is first-class, however they aren’t ready yet to go straight into the Premier League, the club and the fans will have to give them time and encouragement.
“They are potential rather than the finished article, Darlow more or less played in my first team regularly but Lascelles not quite so much, he will require a bit more time.
“Though I fell out with the chairman over the deal, I told both lads they were going to a fantastic football club with passionate fans, which I knew from first-hand experience.”
Pearce isn’t alone in his thinking, as Forest legend and two times European Cup winner Kenny Burns made almost the exact same comments (read his quotes HERE) about the two Newcastle loan players last week.
Burns believing the two players could do with playing longer in the Championship before being ready for the Premier League.
Indeed the past season summed up where they are, Lascelles hardly getting a game until the second half of the season for mid-table Forest, whilst Darlow also found himself dropped from the team during the campaign before winning back his place.
The problem comes with no doubt Mike Ashley and his minions already counting the pair as two ‘new’ signings for next season, with Newcastle desperately short on numbers, especially in defnce.
Whilst when it comes to quality United are even more desperate for players with ability to ne added to the squad, whether Lascelles and Darlow can live up to that in either the short or long-term remains to be seen.