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There was a altering of the guard behind the scenes at Newcastle United in October of final 12 months as PIF accomplished their takeover of the membership from Mike Ashley.

This additionally led to a change within the dugout as Steve Bruce was relieved of his duties and changed by Eddie Howe, who was obtainable after leaving Bournemouth on the finish of the earlier season.

Since their arrival, the Saudi Arabian consortium have backed the supervisor within the switch market by signing the likes of Kieran Trippier, Bruno Guimaraes, Alexander Isak, and Sven Botman, amongst others, to enhance the squad.

Their work of their first two home windows has resulted in a altering of the guard on the pitch too, as a few of the longer-serving members of the squad have discovered themselves on the fringes.

One participant from the Ashley period who has taken a backseat when it comes to his significance to the workforce is central defender Jamaal Lascelles. The Englishman has solely performed as soon as within the Premier League this season, after that includes 26 instances final time period, following the signings of Botman and Dan Burn in 2022.

Regardless of his time on the membership probably coming to an finish on account of his lack of minutes, Lascelles has been a incredible signing for Newcastle and has been a positive servant since his arrival in 2014.

The Magpies signed him from Nottingham Forest simply over eight years in the past and he was valued, by Transfermarkt, at simply £540k on the time of the transfer.

Since then, he has gone on to play 216 aggressive matches for the Toon in all competitions and has featured in 153 top-flight video games throughout his time at St. James’ Park.

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He has been the membership captain for the reason that 2016/17 marketing campaign within the Championship, with then-manager Rafa Benitez hailing his off-pitch qualities: “We’ve got a number of gamers now within the squad who’ve the character to be captain, however Jamaal has confirmed himself to be a pacesetter and a giant character within the dressing room and on the pitch.”

Howe beforehand hailed his “heroic” defending and, again in 2018, the centre-back admitted that younger followers trying as much as him as their “hero” motivated him to kick on, highlighting his accountability as a task mannequin off the pitch.

On the time of writing, Transfermarkt values him at £9m. Because of this the 28-year-old’s valuation has rocketed by roughly 1,566% since his transfer to the membership in 2014, which illustrates how a lot the defender has achieved in that point.

Due to this fact, Ashley performed a blinder by signing Lascelles from Forest eight years in the past. Not solely did he herald a gifted younger participant who has gone on to be a key a part of the workforce for a lot of, many, years, however he additionally signed a terrific one who has clearly been a optimistic affect behind the scenes and to the supporters.

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