Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the remainder of the summer transfer window, what with their side eyeing up reinforcements to move to the next level next season.
Rafa Benitez’s men deserve enormous credit for securing a top half finish in the Premier League this term upon their return to the top-flight, having won the Championship title just 12 months previous. However, it’s clear from their limitations this season that additions will be needed over the summer if they are to maintain that position and indeed improve upon it, although it’s just as imperative that they retain their most prized assets.
And one man who they certainly can’t lose during the close season is defender Jamaal Lascelles, who has been linked with a move to West Ham in recent times as new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini seeks to take the East London club forward.
Yet it’s pretty evident that the £6.3 million-rated lynchpin (as per Transfermarkt) would be silly to swap the North East for the London club given the great season he has had at Newcastle this time round.
Ultimately, manager Benitez has trusted the 24-year-old with the captain’s armband since 2016 to underline the faith shown in his ability and leadership, and the Englishman has duly repaid the Spaniard with several impressive displays in the heart of the Magpies backline.
The centre back appeared in 33 of their 38 Premier League matches this time round, missing the other five only as a result of injury, with it arguable that he played as big a part as anyone in keeping the North East heavyweights in the top-flight.
And with Benitez possibly set to stay at Newcastle, the future looks extremely bright at St James’ Park, and arguably brighter than the outlook at West Ham.
Ultimately, the move to the London Stadium has yet to see the Hammers move forward as a club, with two relegation-threatened campaigns to grace their opening two seasons at their new ground.
And with clear fan frustration aimed at the board, it remains to be seen exactly what the future holds, as although Pellegrini’s appointment is certainly an ambitious one, there are some concerns among our resident West Ham fans that investment in the playing squad may not follow.
Thus, while there are some pros to making the move to the London Stadium, Lascelles’ standing as club captain and fan favourite at Newcastle, alongside the seemingly bright future under Benitez, means that he’d be silly to swap the North East for East London this summer.
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