The defence is a real area of concern for the Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern. With an ageing full-back pairing combined with an inconsistent duo in the middle, Mourinho really has his work cut out.
Fortunately, the good thing is that he has someone to build the defence around in Eric Bailly.
His first stop, then, should be finding a good partner for the Ivorian, and he would struggle to do better than Jamaal Lascelles.
Lascelles, who is rated at £13.5 million by Transfer Markt, has been one of the standout defenders in the Premier League this season, having been excellent in the heart of the Newcastle defence.
Under Rafa Benitez, he has gone from strength to strength, putting in consistent performances for a team that often has a lot to do at the back.
In terms of his individual qualities, he’s a fantastic tackler, able to stop even the most deadly and pacy attacks from making magic happen. Furthermore, he’s also very strong in the air, making him a real asset at the back and defensively.
Significantly, he’s also the Newcastle captain, and so he’d add a dose of leadership to the Man Utd defence, and that’s something that they have lacked as of late. It’s an invaluable trait that cannot be easily bought, and Mourinho would no doubt be glad to get that in his defence.
At 24-years-old, he’s a player that clearly has his best years ahead of him, and the Red Devils would be wise to invest now before he gets even better and his value skyrockets. As a homegrown, English talent, Lascelles would tick every box for Man Utd, and he’s the sort of player that they are crying out for.
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