The Toon were recently handed the brilliant news that Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has extended his contract to 2024.
This will be hugely encouraging news for all involved with The Magpies, which will be seen as a welcomed relief from the otherwise bad news that the club have suffered for the majority of the season.
Rafa Benítez’s men currently sit second from bottom in the Premier League, and are yet to win a game this season in all competitions and are starting down the battle of a troublesome season. The last thing the club would have wanted is to see their players leave at the end of the season, or even in January.
Therefore, this Lascelles deal seems like a major boost to The Magpies. However, there is a slightly more negative way of looking at this deal. Owner Mike Ashley may see it as inevitable that the 24-year-old club captain will want to leave the club at the end of the season, and is therefore tying him up in a long term contract that will raise his price.
This therefore would be a ploy by the owner in order to get the best value from the player when he leaves at the end of the season, with Newcastle relegated or not. The lack of ambition that the club have shown over the summer and in recent years is enough to discourage any player with high aspirations, and Lascelles may be on of them.
It may not be the news Newcastle fans want to hear, but this may be Ashley preparing for the future in a bad way.