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.