Jamaal Lascelles staying or leaving? Newcastle United now make public what is happening
A lot of speculation as to whether or not Jamaal Lascelles would be leaving this summer.
The club captain having gone from automatic starter to regular on the bench.
Not fit enough to be named in the starting eleven against West Ham on the first day of the 2021/22 season, Jamaal Lascelles an unused sub that game.
However, in the next 21 Premier League matches, the NUFC captain starting all 18 of the 21 that he was available for. The last of those was the 3-1 win over Everton, when Jamaal Lascelles had a very eventful match. The 36th minute seeing him score a very unlucky own goal to give the scouse mackems the lead, only for less than sixty second later Jamaal Lascelles producing an excellent header from Trippier’s corner, smacking off the crossbar and then into the back of the net off Holgate for an instant equaliser.
Newcastle went on to win 3-1 and after the warm weather break in Saudi Arabia, that victory was the start of a run of six games that produced 16 points from a possible 18, effectively taking Newcastle United to the brink of safety.
However, the next match (after that 3-1 win over Everton) saw new signing Dan Burn fit to start, replacing Jamaal Lascelles and the Geordie from Blyth starting all of the final 16 PL games. Jamaal Lascelles only starting four of those last 16, either when Schar was injured / not fully fit, or when Eddie Howe played three / five at the back.
With Jamaal Lascelles going from automatic first choice to third choice centre back, much speculation that he was going to leave this summer to get first team football, especially as he will turn 29 in November.
Then with Sven Botman coming in, Jamaal Lascelles clearly set to become fourth choice in the middle of defence. Surely rubber stamping a departure this window…
However, when in late June the new third strip for next season was released, Jamaal Lascelles one of the three (male) Newcastle United players chosen to market it. Surely suggesting that Lascelles had indicated he was staying.
Now Newcastle United have given a definitive answer on the Jamaal Lascelles question.
Eddie Howe tackling the question during the training camp in Austria:
“Jamaal is definitely staying.
“He is a big part of what we are doing.
“Jamaal is our captain, he led the team really well last season.
“He is a big presence and a very positive influence in the squad and has been excellent pre-season, so Jamaal is our captain.
“If he doesn’t play for whatever reason, injuries or whatever, I will pick somebody else, but it is not the time to talk about it (who will be captain if Jamaal Lascelles isn’t playing.”
So Eddie Howe seemingly happy with his four central defenders going into the new season, with Lascelles, Botman, Burn and Schar. Dummett can also cover there, whilst it is generally accepted I think that both Kell Watts and Federico Fernandez will be looking for new clubs this summer, whether on temporary or permanent basis.
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