You pay your money and take your chance on what transfer speculation you believe…but Jamaal Lascelles was linked this week with a move to Chelsea.
With an ageing defence, the West London club are allegedly looking at the Newcastle Captain as a possible solution to their search.
Whatever the truth of the story from the Chelsea end, Jamaal Lascelles spells out the way he sees it, declaring ‘I’m not here to get a move. I’m here to get us back into the Premier League’.
Ever since speaking up last season and highlighting the rotten nature of the Newcastle United dressing room and lack of leadership, Lascelles has been a popular figure with fans and seemingly the newly formed squad, though no doubt a few of last season’s players weren’t too impressed when he decided to tell it like it is.
Jamaal Lascelles started six of Rafa Benitez’ 10 Premier League matches last season but after being named Captain in the summer has become a fixture in the team, the only blip being dropped against Reading after looking shaky in the opening two defeats and sharing some responsibility for the goals conceded.
Along with Ciaran Clark they are forming a formidable looking partnership, as October saw them contribute to five Championship wins, three clean sheets and only two goals conceded.
There is no doubting his commitment and if his focus continues to stay just as sharp, there is no reason why Lascelles couldn’t continue his captaincy into the Premier League.
Jamaal Lascelles speaking to The Chronicle:
“This is a massive football club, end of, you can’t walk anywhere without being noticed.
“People around Newcastle love their city and in football terms we have just got to make sure we are doing our bit and winning matches.
“With the players we have got we should really beat every team.
“If we think we are top of the table and are going to get promoted, you could take your foot off the gas. We need to train hard and go step by step.
“Fans will get excited with us winning and think we are going to storm it but we have to play 90 minutes.
“The Championship is a tough physical league, really competitive, it is who turns up on the day.
“Stay focused, work hard and our talent will take us through.
“We are all here to win games. The minute a player is not pulling their weight they should be expected to be dropped. I was and I understood the decision.
“I’m not here to get a move. I’m here to get us back into the Premier League. If that means players getting dropped and upsetting people, that doesn’t matter to me.”