Newcastle United

Newcastle can challenge for Europe next season if £6.3m-rated lynchpin stays this summer

The Newcastle United supporters have been delighted by the performances of their side in recent weeks which have enabled them to steer clear of the relegation zone and into the safe haven of mid-table obscurity.

There may not be too much left for Newcastle to play for this season, but the resident Magpies propping up our bar are not overly concerned about that. Naturally, the supporters would sooner be in their current position than deep in the midst of a relegation battle at the foot of the table.

Plenty of individual players have played their part in Newcastle’s excellent couple of months; Ayoze Perez has finally proven his ability in the top-flight by scoring 3 goals in his last 4 appearances, Kenedy has been a revelation since he signed on loan from Chelsea and Mo Diame has proven plenty of doubters wrong by forming a formidable midfield partnership with Jonjo Shelvey.

All of the aforementioned players deserve great credit for their performances since January, but one man who has remained consistent throughout the entirety of the season so far is their captain Jamaal Lascelles (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt). The 24-year-old centre-back has been a rock at the heart of the Magpies defence all season long, so convincing him to remain at the club this summer should be their number one priority.

Gareth Southgate has overlooked Lascelles for selection to the England squad this season despite his impressive form, but that should be viewed as a blessing in disguise by the Newcastle supporters. Quality performances at international level are only bound to intensify interest for his signature from outside the club, and if Newcastle want to continue their development and push for Europa League football next season they simply have to keep hold of Lascelles.

Newcastle will need to add new players to their squad in order to achieve any European ambitions they may have ahead of the new season, but the most important thing they can do during the summer window is convincing their captain to snub rival interest and remain at St James’ Park for another season.

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