Jamaal Lascelles to Everton is now the big story making headlines.

There was always going to be speculation about the Newcastle captain this summer and it comes with the territory of having players that other players might not.

Not exactly a positive the recent seasons when very few NUFC players were of any interest to anybody else, even if it did mean stress-free transfer windows (when it came to worrying about players going out – not those hopefully coming in…).

Jamaal Lascelles has had his name linked with a number of clubs as well as Everton, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham amongst those supposedly interested.

However, it is the Everton connection that is repeatedly being recycled.

As to whether there is genuine interest, who knows, but let’s just say hypothetically that there was.

At this moment in time I reckon you would need the following in place for a (hypothetical) transfer to Goodison Park to take place:

Mike Ashley willing to sell Lascelles.

Rafa Benitez willing to sell his captain.

Everton wanting to buy him.

Jamaal Lascelles himself up for heading to the blue half of Merseyside.

For a move to stand any chance of happening, I think for starters, you would need Rafa Benitez to walk out on Newcastle first.

Whilst the manager is there, I think there is no way Rafa would sell the central defender AND no chance of Jamaal Lascelles leaving for the foreseeable.

However, if we even imagine the horror situation created by the manager walking away, I still can’t see any transfer happening to Everton.

Yes they are showing more ambition than Newcastle United, with Farhad Moshiri financially backing the club, however, he can only do so much and go so far.

Mike Ashley sold Newcastle’s best player seven years ago for £35m, does anybody really think that after seven years of super football inflation, he would really sell our best player for £5m less than that?

None of us know how good (or not) Jamaal Lascelles is really going to be in the years to come but certainly his value now, certainly to Newcastle, is worth far far more than the daft £30m figures that are circulating – supposedly what Ashley and Rafa would be willing to accept.

If Mike Ashley was asked to put an asking price on him then I think he would be seeing £50m as the start the bidding price.

Yes a crazy price for somebody with only 42 Premier League starts and no England caps but how much is it worth if it means you stay in the PL? Would Newcastle have stayed up without Lascelles last season…it would have been in the balance at best.

No disrespect to Everton, well actually,, every disrespect to them, but why would Jamaal Lascelles be desperate to go there anyway?

Yes they have spent a few quid but why go to Everton and play in front of far smaller crowds and at a club that is looking just as unstable s ours, if not more so. Whilst Rafa has been at St James Park, the scousers have now had four different managers and Unsworth putting in two stints as caretaker.

With such a turnover of managers and sheer quantity of signings, the finances must have taken a battering, never mind then the fact they topped up their ongoing player investment with a massive £183m spent last season.

Latest new boss Marco Silva will no doubt have been guaranteed money to spend but surely zero chance that he or the club hierarchy would see £50m+ going on Jamaal Lascelles.

Mike Ashley holds all the aces with Lascelles recently agreeing a new contract up to 2023, whilst even if Moshiri continued to pour money in, they must be getting close to having Financial Fair Play issues.

So yes, plenty of things to get stressed about with our club at the minute BUT Jamaal Lascelles off to Everton isn’t one of them.

(Incidentally, ironic that the only time Jamaal Lascelles has been sent off in his career, was when Newcastle lost 3-0 on 3 February 2016 in the relegation season)

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  • mactoon

    If Ashley sold him it would indicate to Rafa the lack of ambition and could well be the last straw. But where money is concerned you never can tell what Ashley would do if a big offer came in.

    • HarryHype59

      If Everton offer £40m over five years Fatty will sell him. Rafa will be given £8m max of the money under the “Every penny generated” scam.

      • mactoon

        Which would be a backward move and prove to Rafa that Ashley cannot match his ambition for the club. Cue Rafa walking away

        • HarryHype59

          100% certain!

    • Clarko

      No I don’t think it would indicate a ‘lack of ambition’, I think it would indicate that an offer too good to turn down was made. I don’t think Benitez would have a problem selling Lascelles if a good offer (higher than the £30m being reported) was made as long as he could spend to money gained.

      • Billmag

        Rubbish he is trying to build a team around Lascelles.

        • Clarko

          Do you have a quote of Benitez saying that? Because I remember Lascelles being dropped for the opening game of the season and with an extra £50m you could build a team around someone else.

          • Billmag

            Made captain at a very young age I think that answers the question, it doesn’t need a Benitez quote I can see it for myself who would you have as captain o’wise one.

          • Damon Horner

            Benitez also spoke about him playing 500 games or more. Not something you’d say about a player you think is passing through.

          • Clarko

            Well no, it doesn’t, the captain was left out at the start of the season and this isn’t a conversation about captaincy.

          • Billmag

            Obviously you know eff all about football every team has to have someone to keep the player’s in line Jamal is that man. So stick to what you are good at (finance’s) and leave the football side of it to us punter’s.

          • Clarko

            And you can’t form an argument to counter an argument made by someone who knows ‘eff all’ about football.

          • Toon Arnie

            A quote ? Like the one from Carroll you chose to ignore ?!!

      • pedrodelgardo

        Luckily your opinion counts for as much as my pet pig’s and we can leave the grown ups to make the real decisions.

        • Clarko

          My opinion is much more informed than yours, which is why you referred to yourself as child instead of forming a counter argument.

      • mactoon

        It would indicate that Ashley’s past penchant of selling his best players for the sake of profit regardless of whether the Manager wants to keep the player or not is still happening. I don’t see that as progress or ambition. I am sure Rafa would like to build a team by adding to the likes of Lascelles not replacing them.

        • Clarko

          When has Ashley sold our best players ‘for the sake of profit regardless of whether the Manager wants to keep the player or not’? The last time that I can recall that happening was with Carroll in January 2011 (even then the player wanted to leave), I don’t hold it against Ashley selling him for £35m and I don’t think Pardew did either.

          That’s exactly my point, Benitez could build the team that he wants with the money gained from the sale.

          • Toon Arnie

            Carroll didn’t want to leave – he’s said this before on numerous occasions.

          • Clarko

            Pardew said: “What made the decision for me was Andy saying he wanted to leave.”

            Carroll said: “So being shown I’m not wanted I said OK I will talk to them.”

            Carroll wanted a new contract, we didn’t offer him one, he then wanted to talk to Liverpool, offers were made and rejected, Carroll handed in (or was asked to hand in) a transfer request and he left.

          • mactoon

            “I was in talks about a new contract and talking to the gaffer about that,” Carroll told the Newcastle Chronicle.

            “He told me that they are now not going to give me a contract. That was as soon as the offer of £30m came in.

            “So I asked why [I wasn’t getting a new contract], and he said his hands were tied.

            “He said it wasn’t up to him. Then a £35m bid got accepted.

            “And then I was allowed to talk to Liverpool. The owner then made it clear to me that I was not wanted at the club, saying that his own helicopter is waiting for me to go down to talk to them.

            “So being shown I’m not wanted I said ‘OK, I will talk to them’. Then suddenly the bid was rejected.

            “And then Derek asked me to hand in a transfer request. So I was pushed into a corner and had no choice.

            “I wasn’t wanted by them and they made it clear they wanted the money. Then I flew down in his [Ashley’s] helicopter. I didn’t want to leave.

            “I’m gutted that I wasn’t wanted at my home team after everything I’ve done and progress I’ve made.

            “I didn’t want to leave at all. Make sure they know I didn’t want to leave.”

          • Billmag

            Clarko was probably more into Manure then mate.

          • Clarko

            The comment you’re replying to was referring to this statement. The important part being:

            “So being shown I’m not wanted I said OK I will talk to them.”

          • mactoon

            The important bit being he didn’t want to leave. He was discussing a new contract until Liverpool put a bid in
            Talks then stopped and it was made clear they were making him leave
            “I’m gutted that I wasn’t wanted at my home team after everything I’ve done and progress I’ve made.

            “I didn’t want to leave at all. Make sure they know I didn’t want to leave.”

            But carry on ignoring HIS ACTUAL QUOTES as long as it fits your idea of what happened. Unbelievable!

          • Clarko

            1) I’m not ignoring his quotes you are, for the third time he stated “So being shown I’m not wanted I said OK I will talk to them.”

            2) He wanted to stay, until he realised he wasn’t wanted and wasn’t offered a new contract. You can’t force a player to leave or sign a contract. To clarify I’m not saying that he never wanted to be here or that he never wanted to stay, I’m saying in the the end he wanted to leave.

            3) This really is irrelevant to the initial conversation, when has Ashley sold our best players ‘for the sake of profit regardless of whether the Manager wants to keep the player or not’ since Carroll left in 2011?

          • Billmag

            He’s sold player’s for the sake of the balance sheet and for the benefit of the team.

          • mactoon

            I’m not ignoring his quotes, I’m quoting them!

            In the end he asked his mate to make sure everyone knew that he didn’t want to leave.. the club forced his hand.

            I didnt bring it up.. you did. It has always been ashleys policy to buy cheap in the hope he can sell at a profit when they play well.

          • Clarko

            Yes, I used Andy Carroll as an example of the last ‘best player’ Mike Ashley sold ‘for the sake of profit regardless of whether the Manager wants to keep the player or not’ and ever since then all you have wanted to talk about is Andy Carroll despite me asking (now three times) to name/give an example since then, where that has been the case?

          • mactoon

            Off the top of my head.
            Ba debuchy cabaye wijnauldum Sissoko

          • Clarko

            Before going any further you managed to think of 5 players in the 8 year time frame.

            -Demba Ba had a release clause in his contract that was met by Chelsea (not Ashley).

            – Debuchy leaving was immediately followed by the arrival of Janmaat, I wouldn’t classify Debuchy as our ‘best player’ and don’t recall Pardew being upset by the swap. You can’t claim that every transfer that resulted in profit is a result of foul play, it was just a transfer.

            – Cabaye went on strike during the summer 2013 transfer window after Ashley refused to sell him for profit, it wasn’t until the following January that he was sold, if anything that hurts your argument.

            – Both Wijnaldum and Sissoko were sold because we were relegated.

          • mactoon

            because you asked me too!
            And all for profit. Again you are getting too detailed. My point remains if ashley gets a good enough offer he will sell a player whether or not the manager wants to keep him. That to me is not showing ambition as I doubt rafa will get the funds to improve the first team. To ashley it is just about profit.

          • Clarko

            ‘My point remains if Ashley gets a good enough offer he will sell a player whether or not the manager wants to keep him’

            That has never happened (since Carroll), I asked you to give an example and the 5 that you give didn’t apply.

          • mactoon

            They all do because I said whether the manager wants to keep him or not. They were all sold for profit. Yet again I am done with your pointless over analysis of my opinion. Just to reiterate I don’t see continuing to sell our best players as showing ambition
            End of replies.

          • Clarko

            But you have provided no examples of him selling a player against the request of the manager.

            I have no (real) problem with you saying that selling our best players shows a lack of ambition. I have a problem with you saying that Ashley will sell any player that attracts an offer that makes the club profit because that’s just not true.

          • Lord

            Despite the prevailing mood, I’m agreeing with Clarko regarding the lack of ‘cash-ins’ since the Carroll transfer. I think selling him for (a quite frankly ludicrous at the time) £35m still guides peoples’ thinking on Ashley cashing in on players ever since.

            There isn’t really much evidence to back that up and all those 5 players quoted weren’t cash-ins for the reasons Clarko mentioned. I don’t think Rafa would have wanted to sell Wijnaldum if we had stayed up or would have been forced to (Sissoko, who really cares).

            But to counter that, in the last 7 years, I also don’t think we’ve had a young English under 25 ‘star’ like Carroll who’s had a bankable £30m+ valuation whilst being on a long term contract with us.

            Whilst there’s no evidence to say Ashley will cash-in, there’s not much to suggest the opposite either.

          • Toon Arnie

            The £35m that is quoted is a bit of a mute point as next to none of that was actually made available to Pardew. I’m still baffled at how the Ashley’s apologists constantly rewrite history or cherry pick events to get a point across. It’s almost like they’re planted on the site to spout rubbish.

          • Toon Arnie

            He didn’t want to leave, he just accepted he had no alternative.

          • Clarko

            But he did have an alternative, he could have rejected Liverpool and stayed.

          • Billmag

            Pinocchio lied right up to the day he was sold, saying he wasn’t going.

          • Toon Arnie

            Carroll wanted a new contract but instead he was led on to a helicopter supplied by our chairman – one way to Liverpool. Pardew the puppet had no say in any of this.

          • Billmag

            As with the Carroll money Rafa wouldn’t get a penny of any sale.

          • Clarko

            That’s funny because Newcastle have an overall £62.8m net spend under Ashley.

          • Billmag

            I won’t debate with you on finance’s, if that sum is correct then the owner should be ashamed for presiding over a club that’s been relegated twice and had three near misses in his 11 year tenure.

          • Clarko

            The important thing being that you were wrong.

          • Billmag

            Well it takes a very intelligent person to admit when he is wrong, but it takes a dumb ass to think he is always right.

          • Clarko

            No, it takes a honest person to admit when they are wrong. That and stupid people tend to be wrong a lot more often than intelligent people, think about it.

          • mactoon

            Rafa wouldn’t get the £30 million quoted as Lascelles would be sold with payments coming in over 5 years bringing in £6 million this year which is hardly enough to build a team that he wants by losing his best defender.

          • Clarko

            That’s just not true is it, you can’t make up a hypothetical lie and expect it to be accepted as fact.

          • HarryHype59

            This time last year Clarko went into meltdown, when I explained that the club had not received the £30m Sissoko money up front. It took him about three months to grasp that the fee was on staggered payments over five years.

          • Alan Pardew

            In this window, Andy Carroll is definitely going nowhere. I don’t want anyone to go.

          • Clarko

            “What made the decision for me was Andy saying he wanted to leave.”

          • Alan Pardew

            It’s ridiculous. How many times do I need to say he’s not for sale? Well here it is one more time, he’s not for sale.

      • panther

        no, lack of ambition

  • Pablo Brown

    Everton are a far bigger attraction then Newcastle, yes they have been through quite a few managers as of late but you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince.

    • Toon Arnie

      What do you base that on ? Their own fans don’t even see them as a big attraction as they can’t fill their ground. Newcastle have far more potential than Everton if Ashley would just support Rafa.

      • Peter Nuttall

        Check out your ‘can’t fill their ground’ claim because it is, frankly, wrong! Feel free to check out the historical attendances at both clubs while you are at it!

        • Toon Arnie

          Just checked – Newcastle are 5th ( Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs ahead of us in that order ) in the all time stats. Everton are 7th. As at 11th October 2017.
          The gap will obviously be a bit bigger now given the ongoing crowd differential.
          That’s despite you winning more trophies.
          Anything else while i’m on ?

    • Brian Standen

      You simply have to be a scouse Mackem to hold that opinion, why would Lascelles go to a club with such pitiful support?
      Historically NUFC have had bigger support and potential than Everton, I grant you we are a single club city but not our problem!

      • Clarko

        Money, ambition and stability.

        • Brian Standen

          Bollocks – if they had that they would not have been in Liverpool’s shadow for 45 years!

          • Clarko

            This isn’t a comparison between Liverpool and Everton, this is a comparison between Newcastle and Everton. Saying ‘b******s’ doesn’t change that they have more money, ambition and stability than Newcastle right now.

          • Brian Standen

            Ok. Bollocks was a bit harsh but I don’t agree with you!
            They have an 80 year old stadium with little room to develop in a less than prosperous area of Liverpool! Yes they could sell the land and relocate but their financial well being would struggle to fund a new stadium! The sell off of Goodson Park would possibly only cover a fraction of the cost!
            The opportunity to ground share with their neighbours is also now a dead duck!

          • Clarko

            What are you talking about?

          • Brian Standen

            You stated Everton were streets ahead of us , quite frankly it’s a ridiculous thing to say!
            If you fail to understand the logic of why there not then i would ask you the same question – what are YOU talking about?

          • Clarko

            Can you quote where I said that ‘Everton were streets ahead of’ Newcastle?

            I referenced Everton having more money, ambition and stability than Newcastle as possible reasons as to why Lascelles would leave Newcastle from Everton and since then all you have talked about is Liverpool and Everton’s new stadium (which supports my ambition claim).

          • Brian Standen

            Ok… how do Everton have more money? Have you checked their accounts?
            Stability – really – their stadium plan is a none starter at the moment, they are stuck in an antiquated Goodson Park!
            Ambition – maybe? But they spent bucketloads and still look as far away from the top 6 as us.

            I really don’t see Everton changing anytime soon

            As for us….. with Rafa there who knows? But I agree our ambition is stagnant while Ashley refuses to allow transfer investment!

          • Clarko

            Everton’s revenue for the 2016/2017 year was £171.3m compared to Newcastle’s £85.7m for the same year (Everton’s wage bill was also lower). This season Everton received £128.0m in Premier League money compared to the £123.0m Newcastle received. They have more money.

            Everton are more stable, they have just appointed a new manager where as Newcastle don’t know if Benitez will stay past next season, Everton also have a committed owner where as Ashley is trying to sell Newcastle and Everton are an established top 10 Premier League team, Newcastle are not.

            Everton are far more ambitious which is why they are linked with a £30m move for Lascelles, last season they signed Sigurdsson for €49.4m, Keane for €28.5m, Pickford for €28.5m, Klassen for €27.0m, Walcott for €22.5m, Tosun for €22.5m and so on. They are far more ambitious (ambition is not the same as success).

          • Brian Standen

            Of course they had more immediate cash we were a league below- they then spunked it on players who under performed,,much like we did under Souness!
            Their financial commitments toward off field activities may mean they won’t show same ambition!
            Yes under Ashley we are hamstrung nobody doubts that but to say Everton are streets ahead off us is wide of the mark!
            Will lascelles go there? I just dont see that- it’s not a step forward

          • Billmag

            Brian, Clarko loves to think he is intelligent and has all the answers covered, everyone is wrong and he is correct but the truth is he is just a dumbass.

          • Clarko

            For the second time, can you quote where I said that ‘Everton are streets ahead off us’?

            They have more immediate cash. They are willing to spend big money on big players, since 2014 they have signed Lukaku for €35.4m, Niasse for €17.9m, Bolasie for €28.9m, Schneiderlin for €22.9m, Sigurdsson for €49.4m, Keane for €28.5m, Pickford for €28.5m, Klassen for €27.0m, Walcott for €22.5m and Tosun for €22.5m. Do you know what Newcastle’s biggest signing was since 2014? Wijnaldum for €20.0m. More ambitious and more money.

            If Lascelles leaves do you think he would take a pay cut? I don’t, I think he would get a hefty pay rise.

            I don’t see Lascelles going to Everton, but there are plenty of reasons why he would go and I’ve listed them during this discussion.

          • Brian Standen

            All that money and still poor!
            Their owner has more or less said no more spends.

          • Clarko

            Where is the quote of their owner saying that?

          • Brian Standen

            Go and have a gander at sky news!

          • Clarko

            It’s my job to provide evidence for your argument.

          • Brian Standen

            Why is it your job?

          • Clarko

            It’s not my job to provide evidence for your argument.

          • Toon Arnie

            Turnover for 17/18 ?

          • Clarko

            Not released.

          • Billmag

            Just read this morning Brian they have to sell before they buy, and I don’t suppose Clarko has ever been to there hovel of a ground. He’s just a worky ticket anyway.

          • Brian Standen

            I can debate with anyone sensibly but his logic was simply misplaced – and you are so right it is their hovel of a ground that he has probably never visited which is a part of the Everton problem!

      • Leazes.

        He’s an Everton fan you twit

        • Brian Standen

          Doh. Silly me, how did I miss that?
          There are loads of so called scouse mackems!
          Sunderland and Everton are similar in so many ways!

          • Billmag

            Surprised you are conversing with that idiot Brian.

          • Leazes.

            Unfortunately Liverpool’s second team is better run than United…. calling them Mackems is sort of saying ‘second rate’.

      • Billmag

        Unstable club I’ll give Silva till Xmas and he will be sacked, and what makes him so special anyway his record is not so hot.

    • Clarko

      Rafael Benitez > Marco Silva

  • Damon Horner

    No doubt the money would be appealing to the club when it come to a transfer but Lascelles isn’t daft, he’s seen what has happened with Ashley Williams and Michael Keane and considering his wages won’t now be too shabby I can see him being happy enough captaining a team of this size in a style or play that suits him while under a manager of Rafa’s experience. If he leaves, it will be for the dream move in my view.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If Rafa goes Jamaal will go.

    • Toon Arnie

      If Rafa goes it’ll be down to one man failing him again and the club will be back on a downward spiral. In which case you couldn’t really blame Jamaal for going. It’s unbelievable that we’re so close to pushing on yet this clown of an owner just can’t see it.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        If Rafa leaves its back to the same old, same old and the Capt knows that, he`ll be off

      • nufcslf

        And never has since fat sham made an rse of it all and he can make a hand over fist anyway.

    • Leazes.

      If Jamal goes Rafa will go.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Yip, 100%

        • Leazes.

          It’ll be an uncomfortable last season for him…. he’ll probably wait for the pay off as results fall away….that’s what I would do.

          Maybe that’s what Ashley will want, it gives him another go at Russian Roulette with the club.

          • Dingus

            On the contrary. I think it’ll be a very comfortable last season. He’ll (obviously) be totally let down, undermined, unappreciated, so, once the window closes, he’ll just take a step back and let the chaos ensue. If Ashley wants to gamble with the club’s PL status, why not let him? Take a holiday. And get millions. If he has any sense…

          • Leazes.

            Rafa will get six million either by staying committed to the Ashley cause or by getting sacked…. he’ll get nothing for walking except a bill!

            I would say very uncomfortable.

          • Dingus

            Yeah, exactly. So all he has to do is not walk. That won’t be difficult given the 6 million incentives he has

  • Leazes.

    Are you still in denial Dean (Simon isn’t it)?…… it won’t be Everton, but Everton will be used for the Sale.

  • Dingus

    Jamaal could play for anyone. I really believe that. But at present he’s only done enough to have the press linking him to the likes of Everton. If he spends a couple more years under the tutelage of Benitez (I know, I know, it’s not likely Rafa will be around for that long), as captain of a Premier League team AND maintains his commitment, that will be a move to Man City. He has it in him to replace Kompany. If he’s smart, he’ll stick around.

    • Leazes.

      Watch what happens.

      • Damon Horner

        Do you see him signing for Everton?

        • Leazes.

          No…. but as I said he will go to one of the top group sooner rather than later…..

          it will appeal to Ashley’s mean streak to make Benitez squirm!….. that’s the sort of guy you’re dealing with…..haven’t you got into Ashleys mindset yet?

          • Damon Horner

            When you said “watch what happens” I assumed you meant him moving to Everton, kind of why it was the question. I wouldn’t put it past Ashley to sell him. What better way to prove you’re the power in the club? Selling the young captain the manager wants to build the team around.

          • Leazes.

            Everton are a stalking horse in this, they’ll be used in a bidding war the same way we were used for the sale of Rooney.

          • Toon Arnie

            I hope you’re wrong but think you’ve totally nailed it. Unless Ashley leaves this will be Rafas last season.

  • Tino o

    I [email protected] hate the transfer window on all accounts!!!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂

      • Leazes.

        I hate the accounts on all transfers.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          😂😂

  • nufcslf

    Unless the price is right for fatty!!!

    • Tino o

      That cat funt will be rubbing them together

      • Tino o

        Charnley and bishop that is

  • East Durham Mag

    And every single penny will be reinvested in .. blah blah blah,lies, bullsh*t etc etc etc.

  • Philip Malone

    I have nothing against newcastle as an evertonian but the level of cringe in this is shocking, you’re begging a manager to stay on the belief you’ll give him “money” to spend when its quite clear ashley wont give him jack sh*t?

    So to begin with, rafa is off (albiet he should stay he’d do wonders for you) and you need to sell to buy.. shelvey will be off and so will lascelles.. sadly to west ham and everton respectively.. thats the ONLY way you’ll be able to afford over 20/30 mil sadly, everton suffered this for years under kenwright and now we have money, we can buy who we need.. and yes, FACTUALLY we are a bigger and more appealing destination than newcastle are.

    You’ve won nothing of note in almost 100 years, been down twice in a decade, offer very little stability at boardroom level, unsure who’ll be in charge this year and a tiny transfer kitty with a team made of a few good players mixed in with abject sh*te from the championship, we’ve had a shocking year but we go out and buy better players, massively fixed issues this window by appointing a HIGHLY rated DOF and an up and coming manager.

    Whereas you have a manager whos heydey was nearly 13 years back, who succeeded at the then biggest team in the country and fluked (Yes, fluked..) a champions league win with a shockingly poor team, the guys a good manager but face facts.. he NEEDS investment and you cannot offer that.

    If any big team came in and offered rafa a job he’d take it, there are big teams in england who’d snap him up, there’s big teams in europe too who would, you offer nothing but proximity to his family who reside in the wirral.. the man is clearly off as shown by his refusal to sign a new deal.

    You captain will easily come to us if we offered, why stay at a stagnating club

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Lascelles go to Everton, not a hope in Hell,

    • Leazes.

      Agree with everything except the last line…. the author of this is just hurt and bewildered at our clubs position and he can’t think straight.

    • Liam Hogg

      Imagine being so rattled by the idiots who write for the mag you post a full on story 😂 chill out

      • Leazes.

        I wish he would, he’s a better writer and has a sense of rationality which is lacking in all of Simon van der Velde’s incarnations.

        • Sickandtired

          He’s also only made 3 comments. He’s a ringer.

    • Billmag

      Ha Ha Ha 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀 what a load of 💩, just live in Liverpool’s shadow like you have always done. Good grief Rafa will guide him and tell him he can do better than the Toffee’s.

    • Toon Arnie

      If a big club gets linked with Lascelles it’s time to worry – until then no problem. Everton simply don’t fall in to that category. Rafa will stay because of the fans – the only reason he’s still here now. You can only dream of support like ours and that’s without trophies – scary.

    • mactoon

      Yeah cos Marco Silva could make Lascelles a better player than Rafa could.. Jesus!

      Everton being a ‘bigger and more appealing destination’ with an average attendance of 39,000 as opposed to Newcastle’s 52,000 and your lot continually living in the shadow of Liverpool and don’t believe employing a Director of Football is the answer to your problems. He’s at a club (Newcastle) he has stated he doesn’t want to leave. You just come over as bitter and spouting nonsense to defend your club which isn’t much different from ours in terms of instability or recent success. (5 points higher than us with a worse goal difference)

      • Desree

        Playing in front of 50,000 corpses is no drawer card.

    • paul mclaughlan

      Not won “nothing of note in almost 100 years” la? Better do a little more research.

    • Desree

      Well summed up.

    • Liam Hogg

      And hate to rain on your parade but the new DOF you’ve employed has said Everton must sell to buy…ooops

  • Leazes.

    This article is what I referred to earlier as ‘Mis-analysis’ of the situation in order to inflame, the author hasn’t a clue, and is in denial about the state of this club under the ownership of Ashley.

    It isn’t about the merits of Everton who have by far a better post war record, this is about the saleable asset burning a hole in the pocket of this owner. The stories aren’t going to vanish or indeed be glossed over by going into ‘frenzied attack mode’….

    The sale will most certainly happen because Benitez lost the war for control….. its just a question of when? and to who?

    • Desree

      At 30m Ashley makes a significant profit. Would Ashley turn down 25m profit to keep Rafa happy? NO

  • JonMag

    Click bait

  • Mxpx

    I think Lascelles going to a bigger club is a possible outcome this summer… I don’t see it being a club without champions league football though I’d rather he stays like every one else though

    • Duh

      I agree, I think to leave, he would want to go to a top 6 club and arguably he is not quite at the level for a starting position yet . Personally, I think if he progresses and Newcastle don’t, he will move to one of the top clubs in a season or two when he will get a starting place. Ashley is unlikely to sell for less than 50m anyway; he is a young British defender on an upwardly trajectory and just captained a promoted team to 10th.

  • Damon Horner

    Is there a power war between Rafa and Ashley? Selling Jamaal Lascelles would be one way to demonstrate who really has the control.

    • Leazes.

      There was….. it ended with the ‘every penny’ statement.

  • Andrew

    Rafa to be gone 2 weeks before the start of the season anyone??

    • Big Hairy Man

      I think Rafa should honour his contract if only to ensure that another £6 million buyout doesn’t go into the warthog’s bulging @rse pocket

  • thewildchimp

    The lad won’t be sold this summer. He is a well-loved captain here, certain first choice, no matter who’s the gaffer, likes the city. Why would he leave for a measly 30 million? If he has the next season like this one, and Rafa walks, then, maybe, for 50m quids. Shelvey and he (not counting Dubravka in) are probably the only two players that don’t have to worry about being replaced. Perhaps Diame, too.
    Besides, what’s he gonna learn under Klopp, Conte, Guardiola and the others, that he can’t under Benitez, who was a defender?

  • Vodkamagpie

    50Mil, I would sell him, football players shouldn’t be worth these ridiculous fees. Craig Dawson as a replacement for 15Mil would suit me fine, and rafa might actually agree to the sale.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Smaller version of Villa- no chance.