Friday morning  sees reports that Everton are trying to sign Jamaal Lascelles to reshape their defence for next season.

The scousers have invested massively in their squad, including in defence with the likes of £25m buy Michael Keane.

However, despite that investment, no club in the top 11 in the Premier League have conceded more than the 55 goals Everton have done, with one game remaining. In contrast, only six clubs have a better goals against record than Newcastle United.

The likes of Chelsea, West Ham and Spurs have already been credited with interest in Jamaal Lascelles and now this latest from The Mirror claims the same.

They say that Everton are looking to bid £25m for the Newcastle Captain.

What Lascelles’ actual worth is in the current market is anybody’s guess…but to Newcastle he has been invaluable and continues to be so, even though like the rest of the team he has had a bit of a dip in a few matches recently, once Premier League safety was assured.

Here are the stats for the season after 37 matches, with and without Jamaal Lascelles:

Jamaal Lascelles starts – Played 31 Won 11 Drawn 7 Lost 13

Jamaal Lascelles doesn’t start – Played 6 Won 0 Drawn 1 Lost 5

Jamaal Lascelles starts – 40 points from possible 93

Jamaal Lascelles doesn’t start – 1 point from possible 18

However, it is when it comes to goals conceded that you really see Lascelles’ impact:

Jamaal Lascelles starts – 30 goals conceded in 31 games

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

In 25 of the 31 matches Jamaal Lascelles started, Newcastle have conceded either one or zero goals.

In his 31 starts, Newcastle have still only been beaten by more than a one goal margin on two occasions, at Anfield and the Etihad.

In the Autumn Jamaal Lascelles signed a new contract taking him up to 2023 so even if any clubs do come in with bids, Newcastle are under no pressure with regards to worries about a fast running out contract.

Newcastle fans of course are still waiting for Rafa Benitez to extend his own contract and if Mike Ashley changes tack and agrees to back his manager, then any faint worries about potentially losing Lascelles will be put to bed.



  • Paul Patterson

    Haway man! £25m wouldn’t get two thirds of him.
    It’s crucial that the owner/MD start the second phase of recruitment and back Rafa NOW. Don’t risk losing the best Manager/captain combo since Sir Bobby/Shearer.

    • Leazes.

      Howay

  • David2211

    I wouldn’t blame him if he did go. At least Everton are prepared to have a go, regardless of how good or bad they’ve been this season.
    As for us, there is a ceiling on where we can go under this regime and we’ve already hit it unless something major changes, so I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting out.

    • Paul Patterson

      I honestly think we can make the next step without silly money. £60-90m could give us four pretty good players including Dubravka, Kenedy (or equivalent), plus a striker. The rest can go on wherever and make the squad looking pretty good. We were only a few of games away from being a Burnley this season and their finish is where we should be aiming for next season, plus a cup run.

      • FatParosite

        £60-90m IS silly money to the Ambition Antichrist.

      • NUFCDan

        As if FCB is going to allow a net spend of £100m. We’ll get whatever we raise through player sales and not a penny more.

      • Jezza

        You are dreaming with those figures. I’ll be gobsmacked if the club even spend £6 to £9 million this summer.

        • Toon Arnie

          Bang on Jezza – I think Ashley will mess Rafa around again, sell Lascelles and then ‘try to get one over the line’ to replace him but ‘won’t be held to ransom’. Repeat on a loop – only the very gullible still fall for this now. I hope i’m wrong but we’re going to lose Rafa sometime soon and another cowardly Sky Sports ‘interview’ will follow to totally distort the facts about why he left. Ashley will then go on holiday, ans apparently turn his phone off given previous transfer window behaviours, then return return a couple of days before the transfer deadline just in time for a couple of loan deals.

    • Steven05

      Something IS about to change………. the manager

  • Peaky

    No chance…he’ll only leave us for a ‘big’ club….not the scouse mackems…

    • FatParosite

      The blue skiprats have money to spend & would match his wages. No political wrangling from the owner & nearer his family in the Wirral. You’re not thinking.

      • Peaky

        I’m not thinking ???? Lascelles is from Derby….

        • FatParosite

          Sorry I was talking about Rafa. I read the comment above & I thought it was linked.

          • Peaky

            Nee bother,I thought so….been past Rafa’s house in The Wirral….near West Kirby if I can remember…..it’s the nearest beach for me to take the dogs for a walk…about 50 miles or so away.

          • Jezza

            I can definitely see Rafa ending at Everton to be truthfull and I can also see him coming back for Lascelles.

          • Peaky

            Agree,forget this allegiance to Liverpool etc…he does a lot all around Merseyside and I think Everton would welcome him with open arms….especially considering who they’ve got now.

          • Kneebotherm8

            More likely West Ham imo……..there’ll be a lot of fans at Everton who’ll not forgive him for his Liverpool connections……

          • Jezza

            Never used to be that way. The bitter rivalray was always between Liverpool and Manchester and relations between the two sets of Merseyside fans were always pretty cordial. Many players who played for both clubs were equally popular with both sets of fans, Steve McMahon, Peter Beardsley etc.

          • Kneebotherm8

            One thing I think we can agree on is that he’ll not be here for too long if he carries on being undermined by the hierarchy………and he’ll not be short of potential employers…..

          • Albert Stubbins

            It’s got really quite nasty over the last ten years with the fans mate but little media coverage of it. There’s absolutely no love lost nowadays. I’d be genuinely gob smacked if he went there with his own history of criticizing the club when he was at Liverpool.

          • Peaky

            Never say never in football..it’s not beyond the realms Rafa ends up at Goodison and then maybe Lascelles will follow….I’m sick of all this speculation already….and that’s before I even see what bollox Ryder is coming out with at the Ronnie….

          • Albert Stubbins

            Never happen imo. He referred to them as a small club when at Liverpool and they’ve never forgiven him even though he was right!!

    • Jezza

      Let’s just hope we don’t lose him to Southampton. They need a centre half and have got £75 million burning a hole in their pockets. Now that they look like staying up I can see them making a bid for Lascelles in the summer.

      • Peaky

        Southampton need to tread very carefully letting Mark Hughes loose with a large budget (that’s assuming he’ll still be there)….the Stoke lot near me say his transfers were atrocious and probably his ultimate downfall.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Exactly. I wouldn’t trust him with the bairns pocket money. Buys absolute useless players for too dollar. Even. Berahino and wimmer,Alvarez etc etc. Bloke hadn’t a scooby but good at wasting other people’s money!!!

  • Coach Clagnut

    If Fatty sells him that’s Rafa out the door.

    • FatParosite

      There has been no upheld principle from Benitez so far. Remember Rafa’s self imposed deadline? Did nothing, meant nothing. Benitez happy with £6m until another owner turns up.

      • Paul Busby

        OTOH, the rumours are that there was a number of players who had interested buyers and Rafa blocked them as he hadn’t seen replacements come in.

      • Chuck D

        The deadline Ashley purposely ignored (from an insider) as he refused to be dictated to, despite the club desperately needing reinforcements.

        Here in lies the crux of the problem, Rafa works in terms of what will benefit the club, Ashley works in terms of what will benefit himself.

      • Coach Clagnut

        So you infer that Rafa & Fatty are in cahoots to starve the team of investment to enhance both their bank balances?

  • ghostrider

    Lascelles won’t be going anywhere for less than 50 million.
    Whoever leaves this club will be replaced. It’s not ideal in some cases but that’s football and it will make little difference to most Newcastle fans in terms of supporting the club, regardless of what’s said about this and that.

    We’re always going to be used as a stepping stone by some and we will always be ripe for picking by teams thinking they can take advantage of discontent when it arises or simply the geographical advantage that some clubs have over us.

    It comes down to many different things as to what we lose and what we end up with…for the good, the bad and the ugly.
    Part and parcel of being a football fan…especially a Newcastle United fan.

    In our favour, we have an owner who’s no mug so we don’t get bullied out of players like we did in the past. They go on our terms.

    • Chuck D

      Then only get replaced on his terms!

    • paul mclaughlan

      We’re Newcastle not Nuuk.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Ashley sells high……….and buys low…………no way he’d sell Lascelles for £25 million………but he will sell for the right price..

    • Jezza

      Agreed. If the right ammount of money is put on the table, the lad will be going this summer whether he wants to or not.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Every player has his price but with fatso it’s all about percentage profit!!

  • Staveley Save Us

    From Rafa to Big Sam… really? Non-story

    • FatParosite

      You mean money or more money…. = story

      • Staveley Save Us

        Jamaal isn’t the type to move for money. They’ve spent all that money & gotten nowhere. Michael Keane’s career has gone backwards. Complete tosh

    • Jezza

      What about the possibility of Lascelles going to Everton and still playing under Rafa next season?

      • Staveley Save Us

        Rafa would never go to Everton with his Liverpool connections imo.

  • 1957

    At £25m the price would be to low even for Ashley, he got £30m for a poor Sissoko he’d be looking for £40m to £50m for the Captain. What a boost to the balance sheet to show prospective buyers.

    I doubt Everton have a chance at any price, I suspect as a young English player who has done the business in the PL Jamaal will have his choice of top clubs, just like Cahill did years ago when he went to Chelsea.

  • Leazes.

    Everton and United have used each other in the past to start bidding wars and hike up prices….. I’m just saying like….. might be nothing in it.

  • MadMag83

    He’d end up like Ashley Williams. If he wants to go it should be to a bigger club than Everton.

    • Desree

      If he stays here he will end up like Mike williams after Rafa leaves

      • MadMag83

        “Iron Mike” 😉

  • robbersdog

    If Jamaal leaves, it won’t be for £25m, and it won’t be to Everton. It’ll be £30m+, and he’ll go to Chelsea or Tottenham.

    I hope it doesn’t happen, but he must be gutted that he isn’t being picked for England, and he might well feel that a move to a ‘big’ club would remedy that. Also, he could almost certainly double his salary, so, as much as he likes playing for Newcastle, I wouldn’t blame him if he jumped ship.

    • Leazes.

      The fans never flinched when Ashley sold any of the money spinners starting with Shay Given and he was a fans-favorite… its a docile fanbase which supports the team…. and that is any team given by the Ashley regime!

      I’ve seen the flags.

      • Desree

        Who would want Mike Ashley as their boss. Pardew, Charnley, Carver.

      • MadMag83

        I was gutted when Shay left, brilliant keeper for us. Let down by the lack of investment and cost cutting synonymous with the Ashley regime. Even Kim Jong Un has turned over a new leaf, not Ashley!

      • Albert Stubbins

        I wasn’t that sad about given leaving. I think we have a far better keeper now. It was wrong the way what was pushed out but what did he do after Newcastle? Didn’t get a game at city and wound up at villa.

  • Weyhhadaway

    The daily link list. This one is a none starter. I think he will get picked off, but it will be a big club, not Everton.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Why go to Everton they are not even as big as Newcastle and after seeing them twice this season have a worse team just got lucky on both occasions.

    • Desree

      To get away from newcastle?

  • mentalman

    And to think many fans slated the club for spending 4million on him.

    • MadMag83

      I’m big enough to admit I didn’t think he would amount to much. He has surprised many people I would think.

  • Fatwatch

    We should be honest here, Everton routinely finish higher than Toon. What makes a club ‘bigger’ than others? They do better and he has a small but realistic chance of Europe at Everton. He’ll get a salary bump and a chance at England…

    That being said, he’s the captain at Newcastle which he won’t get at Everton. And he’s playing under a top class manager (which Fat Sham certainly isn’t).

    If we lose Rafa we’ll lose our best players. And Everton isn’t a bad place to end up if you want game time. There’s no point him going to Chelsea and sitting on the bench. He’ll turn into another John Stones – anyone remember him?

  • Gianfranco Shola

    I am personally worried about hun leaving but I don’t think Everton are the club who are gonna turn Jamaals head. He seems such a level headed guy, you can tell from all his interviews. He knows Rafa has done wonders for his career and I reckon he wants to stay to at least see whether this supposed Rafalution has the legs to push us towards top 6. He does seem to love the club and fans but that will only go so far, if Ashley stays and we stagnate which seems fairly likely then he will be off whether that be now next year or the year after

  • Paul Busby

    Everton… haha good one lads. They literally have nothing to offer him over NUFC. Chelsea, Manu U, Liverpool, Arsenal… so many clubs that I’m worried about, Everton, the home of the scouse mackams, isn’t one of them.

    • thewildchimp

      Unless Rafa goes to Everton and brings Jamaal with him, it would never happen, yes. Lascelles could walk straight into the first 11 of the other 4 teams.

      • Paul Busby

        Rafa go to Everton, given his liverpool connections? Seems unlikely.

        • thewildchimp

          That’s if you consider their fans. However, he already received an offer from them two years ago when we were relegated and was ready to accept, but he stayed because of our fans. For him it’s just a job, for their club he’s just another manager that could get them somewhere. And I can guarantee you that the fans would kiss his feet if could get them into the top 5.

          • Paul Busby

            Na, they would whine about defensive football.

  • Wezza147

    The question is if Lascelles is sold for say £28M will Rafa see a penny of that to reinvest in the squad? Or will it dissapear like the Andy Carroll money?

  • Albert Stubbins

    Everton. Lol. Why would anyone go there? Biggest set of whinging losers in the league. Little club with horrible fans and the most delusional manager in the country!!

  • Mike

    he will join a “bigger” club………take you choice

    • shellington

      Everton though?

  • shellington

    Everton? Fat Sham? Z cars? I don’t know what it is about the blue mackems but they are really naff.

    I think Lascelles could do better and if I had half his talent I’d be trying my best not to end up somewhere as sad as Goodison Park.