Chelsea fans in the tavern are looking on with intrigue as rumours continue to circle that £6.3 million-rated (via Transfermarkt) centre-back, Jamaal Lascelles, could be on his way to Stamford Bridge in the summer. Many believe that the transfer of the former Nottingham Forest man hinges on Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez. Benitez, who won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013, is the man who entrusted Lascelles with the captain’s armband at Newcastle and many believe that whilst he’s in charge Lascelles won’t be going anywhere.
Over the years under Roman Abramovic Chelsea have developed a reputation for failing to give homegrown players a chance and often get accused of looking for a ‘quick fix’ by throwing money at the next footballing wonder-kid instead of looking closer to home. Last summer alone saw promising premier league calibre players Nathan Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Kurt Zouma all move away from the bridge to for my consistent minutes.
Although some of those four mentioned players will be returning to East London next summer in hope of establishing a place in the first team, it stands as a warning to Lascelles that making the move from the Northeast to the capital isn’t in his best interest if he wants to establish himself as a proven Premier League player and force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England side.
Here’s what the Chelsea fans think:
Rumors coming out today that Chelsea are interested in center half Jamaal Lascelles from Newcastle.
Reminds me of the Tarkowski and Gibson rumors. Embarrassing that we continue to be linked to mid-table players.
— Lav (@LavCFC) February 22, 2018
I don’t get how people are actually saying they would want him! He’s not bad but with Zouma/JCS/Ampadu? Available then why..
— OG Blue (@OGBLuu) February 22, 2018
This talk of Chelsea possibly going in for Lascelles, find it strange as we’ve got Zouma coming back from loan and Ampadu has proved to literally everyone that he can come in and do a job. Think we must prioritise CM and wingers in the summer before anything else. #CFC
— ً (@ChelsFutbol) February 22, 2018
Could replace Cahill he is that good
It's strange no PL top 6 club has signed him till now
— Yogesh Jadhav (@yogjadhav5) February 22, 2018
Young English can’t be much worse than cahill cheap and will only increase in value. No brainer for me.
— Superfranklew (@superfranklew) February 22, 2018
good cahill replacement
— ze blues (@reach_4ze_blues) February 22, 2018
I prefer Zouma and Ake
— Tafarel (@Tafarelrchmt) February 22, 2018