Jamaal Lascelles is attracting ongoing attention ahead of the January transfer window.

The Newcastle captain has been linked with a number of other clubs ever since he led NUFC back into the Premier League.

Worrying about losing players hasn’t been as high on the fans’ agenda in recent times after Mike Ashley sold off most of the likely candidates in previous seasons.

However, the impact of Jamaal Lascelles last season on Newcastle’s results, both for his ability as a player and leadership as a captain, ensured the speculation surrounding him only grew.

Amongst the Premier League clubs who were credited with interest, The Chronicle now report that their information is that Chelsea and Tottenham have continued to send scouts to watch the former Forest player in action, with bids possibly to follow in January.

The two clubs have made decent starts to the season and are third and fifth respectively, only three (Chelsea) and five points (Spurs) off the top.

However, whereas the top pair have only conceded seven goals between them (Man City three, Liverpool four), Chelsea have conceded seven and Tottenham eight.

Not shockingly bad totals but with small margins mattering so much at the top, they are continually looking to close those margins, with defenders often easier and cheaper to recruit compared to creative players and goalscorers.

No indication previously that the club or Rafa Benitez were interested in selling the player, nor of Jamaal Lascelles being desperate to leave.

However, we know from past experience that things can quickly change.

As it happens, Federico Fernandez has rubber-stamped that belief that bargains can still be had in defensive positions, as Martin Dubravka has also done.

Fernandez arrived for £6m from Swansea and has shown great consistency despite the failings elsewhere in the team, so much so that he has easily been Newcastle’s best defender so far this season, possibly the most impressive overall alongside Dubravka.

Once Lejeune is fully fit then Rafa will have a very interesting dilemma in terms of who to play, maybe even finding a system where he can use all three.

No doubt some people will wonder if Lejeune is fit by January, whether desperation for signings elsewhere in the team, would possibly see Rafa prepared to sacrifice his captain if a big offer came in. However, after his experience this summer, particularly with the Mitrovic sale, will not give him great confidence of any sale fee being made available to him to strengthen.

If the worst happened and Newcastle were relegated at the end of this season and Rafa Benitez left, most fans seem resigned to the fact that Jamaal Lascelles would then call it a day as well.

He turns 25 in 11 days time and even if Newcastle bounced straight back from a relegation, if he stayed Lascelles would find himself turning 27 only two months into that 2020/21 season.

After seeing an endless succession of other centre-backs, Brighton’s Lewis Dunk the latest, called up by Gareth Southgate, it doesn’t exactly help in terms of convincing the better NUFC players that their futures should be at St James Park.

Bottom line is that struggling clubs will always be worried about their best players being lured away and even if Newcastle survive this season, with Mike Ashley as owner, a struggle seems all but guaranteed season after season with no ambition to be better than that.

  • Peaky

    He’ll definitely be off this time….if the lad has any ambition both for club and country who can blame him…..anyway the money for Evans Cycles has to come from somewhere….

    • Leazes.

      Sky…. or the House of Fraser pension fund.

      Thing is there was over £500m in his MASH account two years ago, he didn’t need to take money from United, not that it would have made any difference….

      …neither does he need the free advertising. Its not greed, its control and harm because he wants to do it.

    • Cushty lad

      Yep. He’s literally “on his bike”!

    • Rich Lawson

      So is that ”on your bike” for him then ?

  • robbersdog

    He could challenge for trophies, double his salary and raise his profile vis a vis an England call up. It’s a no-brainer; if Ashley receives a big money offer, he’ll be leaving.

    • Leazes.

      and the club will definitely be relegated….. even Ashley doesn’t want that….surely.

      He’s got a squad which is one key injury from oblivion!

      • HarryHype59

        Three points from thirty, indicates “oblivion” is already here!

  • 45709

    Mike Ashley is probably trying to figure out if he can get away with using Panini stickers on the pitch

    • Ken

      Yes but Panini stickers cost more than some of the dross Ashley buys us

  • Paul Patterson

    The second Lejuene declares himself fit a bid will be tabled and Lascelles will be off..

    • Peaky

      A cert Paul…a no brainer.

    • HarryHype59

      I said the same thing months ago. Fatty will probably turn another profit in the Jan window!

      He has just bought Evans cycles, these things have to be paid for.

      • Mr wobert

        Could be another case of get on your bike son I want moolah in the hip so I can rub the Geordie shites noses in it.
        That’s what he thinks of us .
        Get banners out on Saturday for the tv cameras

  • joe mac

    nobody could blame him if he went,wasting his time and talent at this shambolic soap opera!

  • JohnnyH

    He’s got to move if he’s ambitious, we are the graveyard of football.

    • Peaky

      Sad thing is Johnny the likes of Watford,Bournemouth and Wolves would all be a step up for him.

      • HarryHype59

        Sadly 100% true!

      • Rich Lawson

        True,but if he went I think it would be to a big London club or Man U need a centre back in Jan’,be better for his England prospects ?

        • Peaky

          Maguire to Man Utd then Lascelles to Leicester….why not ?

          • Rich Lawson

            Heartbreaking,think he has more ambition than Leicester tho’ ?

          • Peaky

            Signed a new contract with us today….so no ambition at all unfortunately.

  • Billmag

    If he’s got any brains he should leave this basket case of a club, and he should take Jonjo with him, I for one wouldn’t blame them.

  • Mxpx

    I’d love to see him set an ultimatum sell the club or I go

  • Wezza

    I can see it now…
    ‘His head was turned’
    ‘He wanted to leave’
    ‘He made unrealistic wage demands’

    • Rich Lawson

      ”He couldn’t find an afro-carribean barber on Tyneside to cut his hair properly” (Thanks for that one Jenas) ?

  • Spoon_Army

    Needs to think of his future beyond NUFC.

  • Mr wobert

    New six year con(tract) not worth the paper it’s written on, he will be sold when cashley wants another shop or two