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Worst thing possible if Jamaal Lascelles makes World Cup finals

2 years ago
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I would guess Jamaal Lascelles is unbackable if you were looking to put a bet on him being named Newcastle United’s player of the year.

The stats speak for themselves….

Jamaal Lascelles starts – 19 goals conceded in 21 games

Jamaal Lascelles doesn’t start – 17 goals conceded in 6 games

In 18 of the 21 Premier League matches the NUFC Captain has started, Newcastle have conceded one or zero goals.

Little wonder then that the most popular chant at the moment is ‘Southgate’s got his number, he’s taking him to Russia, Jamaal Lascelles…’

I’m all for Newcastle players getting international recognition for any number of reasons (adds to the credibility of the club, assures players they can find success with NUFC etc etc) but on this occasion I think it would be a disaster for the club and possibly the player himself.

The World Cup kicks off in Russia in only four months time and England have four friendlies to play before Gareth Southgate chooses his final 23 man squad for the finals.

England travel to play Holland on 23 March and then host Italy at Wembley on 27 March.

Then after the season ends, England play Nigeria at Wembley on 2 June, then Costa Rica at Elland Road on 7 June.

England then kick-off the group stages in Russia when playing Tunisia on 18 June, then Panama on 24 June and Belgium the 28 June.

For any outside bets to stand a chance of making the final squad, they would surely need to be involved in the squad chosen to play against Holland and Italy next month.

The World Cup finals start on 14 June and end on 15 July.

However, if Jamaal Lascelles was selected, then he will basically end the Premier League season on 13 May (Newcastle v Chelsea) and with the England warm-up friendlies only 20 days later, he would then be going straight into England mode. Training with the squad, involved in the friendlies, then off to Russia.

When the World Cup finals end on 15 July, it is only 27 days until the Premier League kicks off again next season, on the weekend of Friday 11/Saturday 12 August.

As Newcastle United’s best player, captain and main motivator (on the pitch), I think it would be all but impossible for him to be starting the season in the team, even if England have a nightmare and are knocked out ASAP.

At the very least Jamaal Lascelles would surely miss pretty much most of pre-season training and the friendly matches.

At the moment the bookies appear to think he has seven other Premier League central defenders ahead of him (see below) but I do think on what we have seen this season, Lascelles has shown at least as much as all but one or two of them.

The reality as well is that even if the Newcastle star sneaked into the squad, he would be doing all the preparation, training, travelling, away from his family etc etc but with no/little chance of getting on the pitch.

I know it might be extreme worrying about something that is so far away and may never happen but we have seen previously how international commitments can play havoc with the season following major finals, with Yohan Cabaye in 2012/13 a prime example after the Euros.

I really hope Jamaal Lascelles gets international recognition but not this time.

Let’s get new owners into Newcastle, see Rafa backed in the summer, then Jamaal Lascelles have a low key quiet summer before having an ideal pre-season and leading the team from the very first match. THEN a call up for England to hopefully be a key part of preparations for the 2020 Euros.

To Make The Final 23 Man 2018 England World Cup Squad Betting:

(selected players)

1/8 John Stones

1/5 Gary Cahill

4/11 Harry Maguire

4/6 Michael Keane

8/13 Phil Jones

3/1 Chris Smalling

8/1 Lewis Dunk

20/1 Jamaal Lascelles

All players featuring in the England betting see HERE

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