The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted by the performances of Jamaal Lascelles during the last campaign, and they believe he was unfortunate not to earn a place in the England squad for the World Cup following a glowing season.
Rafa Benitez has been widely dubbed as the mastermind behind Newcastle’s 10th place finish last season and rightly so, but a great deal of credit is also due to Lascelles who captained the side and led by example with a series of gutsy performances throughout the campaign. At 24-years-of-age, captaining a side who were widely tipped for relegation to a mid-table finish represented a great achievement for a player making his first full season in the Premier League, so it’s no surprise interest is rising from outside the club.
However, good news arrived for the Newcastle supporters propping up our bar this week as Lascelles publicly declared his desire to remain at St James’ Park according to The Northern Echo. Lascelles’ comments suggest that money nor Champions League football will be enough to persuade him to embark on a new challenge this summer, but that should not prevent Benitez from offering him a new contract.
Lascelles committed his long-term future and agreed terms on a deal which expires in 2023 back in October 2017, however, with interest from outside the club bound to be forthcoming in the coming months, Newcastle cannot afford to take any chances.
There’s no doubt that Lascelles’ comments are wholesome, but there is still a long summer ahead for the the Magpies to navigate in which rival clubs could offer to double his money ahead of the new season, and football has certainly taught us that money talks over the years.
Naturally, with 5 years still to run on his current deal, Newcastle should be in no hurry to extend the length of his contract, but increasing his salary should be considered something of a necessity, otherwise the club’s most indispensable talent could change his tune as the summer develops.
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