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Lascelles done: Now Ashley must secure these 2 deals to keep Rafa at Newcastle

Lascelles done: Now Ashley must secure these 2 deals to keep Rafa at Newcastle

In a shock turn of events, Mike Ashley appears to have done something positive for Newcastle United.

TalkSport have recently reported that Jamaal Lascelles, the club captain, has been tied down to a new long-term contract that should keep him in Tyneside until 2024.

Given how poorly Newcastle are playing at the moment, and the strong likelihood that they’ll be facing the drop come the end of the season, to secure the services of a player of Lascelles quality, for the next six years, is a real statement.

The Englishman has certainly been one of the better players in the side, operating in a defence that has performed relatively well compared to their forward counterparts who are entirely to blame for the club’s lowly position.

Indeed, only conceding 14 time in 10 games, despite being 19th in the table, is definitely one of the more positive statistics held by Newcastle United so far, with Cardiff, Fulham, and Huddersfield all conceding 20 goals or more.

The Lascelles deal is excellent news, of course; however, for Rafa Benitez to have a good go a saving the team, Ashley must open his purse strings [at least] a couple more times to secure the necessary quality.

Here are two players that would really help keep Rafa around…

Sébastien Haller

It’s easy to see why signing Haller would be a good move for Newcastle in January should they want to keep their Premier League dream alive.

The Northern Echo have reported that the Eintracht Frankfurt forward is the top of the priority list for Rafa Benitez. It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle are in the market for yet another striker, despite making two signings in that position this summer, after witnessing current their current strikers perform woefully in front of goal.

With 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 games already, the Frenchman is one of the hottest players in Europe right now and securing him would be an incredible bit of business by Ashley.

Nicolas Tagliafico 

Newcastle are in dire need of left-back cover this season with only one player in the squad who plays there naturally.

They were linked with current Ajax and Argentina international Tagliafico in summer, according to ChronicleLive, but later cooled their interest when Mike Ashley refused to meet the Dutch clubs £8million asking price.

Fast-forward to the present day, we think Ashley will be seriously regretting his decision not to sign the player.

Not only is this bad for Newcastle because they’re totally void of an attacking outlet in the fullback position, but also because top teams, like Arsenal, now have their eyes on the left-back (TalkSport).

As a player it seems unlikely that you’d opt for a struggling Newcastle over Arsenal at this stage of the season, so they might have missed their chance, but it’s definitely worth a go…

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