Newcastle United are at present having fun with a outstanding resurgence below supervisor Eddie Howe, with the 44-year-old having dragged the membership from relegation contenders to Champions League hopefuls in simply over a 12 months.
The season to this point has confirmed notably spectacular with the Magpies now in third place after profitable their previous 5 Premier League video games, having notably sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chelsea at St James’ Park final trip.
One man that was a bystander to proceedings towards the Blues as soon as once more was membership captain Jamaal Lascelles, with the centre-back having been resigned to a peripheral function to this point this time period amid the type of Fabian Schar and summer season signing Sven Botman.
Whereas the 29-year-old has solely not too long ago admitted he can “fully perceive” his function on the sidelines – having began simply one top-flight sport this season – the previous Nottingham Forest man is now one thing of a spare half for the Tynesiders, with it maybe time that the Englishman sought out pastures new.
That’s the view of pundit Alan Hutton, who steered that “it has simply not likely labored out” for the £40k-per-week dud to this point, having arrived on the membership again in 2015 after signing from the Metropolis Floor outfit the 12 months earlier.
The previous England U21 worldwide has gone on to rack up 220 appearances for the membership in all competitions over the previous seven years or so, though the most recent suggestion is that he could possibly be proven the door sooner quite than later.
As per Soccer Insider, the membership are reportedly prepared to money in on the Derby-born brute – who has simply 18 months left on his current deal – for a price of round £10m, with the participant not seemingly a part of the membership’s long-term plans shifting ahead.
It’s exhausting to argue with the defender’s fall from grace with the membership at present thriving in his absence, with Howe’s males having conceded simply 11 instances within the league to this point this season – the joint-best document within the division.
That contrasts enormously with the earlier marketing campaign – wherein Lascelles featured prominently after making 26 league outings – because the membership shipped 62 objectives within the Premier League, with that the sixth-worst document within the division.
That stark distinction has illustrated the advance that Howe’s males have made with out their skipper within the aspect, with the 6 foot 2 menace seemingly serving as a reminder of the turbulent interval that has gone earlier than below Mike Ashley, quite than a determine who could be counted on to steer the cost below the formidable new possession.