Why Newcastle Must Hold On To Jamaal Lascelles Despite West Ham Interest
As per reports from the Sun, West Ham United are eyeing a move for Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles in the summer.
The 24-year-old has been one of Newcastle’s consistent performers in the ongoing campaign and his displays haven’t gone unnoticed as the Hammers, who are involved in the relegation battle, are keen on signing him ahead of next season.
Lascelles, a product of the Nottingham Forest youth academy, joined Newcastle in the summer of 2014 and after a year away on loan with the Reds in 2014-15, the Englishman has established himself as a regular member of the first-team for the Tynesiders.
Appointed as the club’s captain by manager Rafael Benitez last season, Lascelles was one of Newcastle’s best players in the EFL Championship as they went on to lift the title and earn themselves an automatic promotion to the Premier League. He has continued to lead the team by example on their return to the big stage, having made 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals in the process.
Lascelles’ displays in the heart of the Magpies backline have been so impressive in the 2017/18 campaign that there have been calls from several quarters for his selection in the England national team for the summer’s FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia.
A no-nonsense defender who is strong in the air and shows great awareness and strength at the back, Lascelles has established himself as a fan favourite at the St. James’ Park and losing him in the summer wouldn’t be the best idea for the club.
The 24-year-old has already played 95 games for the club in under three years and has scored 8 times, assisting 2 goals as well. In a large percentage of these 95 games, Lascelles has captained the team and has always led them from the front, setting a good example for his fellow teammates.
An influential and a vocal presence on the pitch, Lascelles has demonstrated great maturity that defies age. Losing such a valuable player in the summer would prove to be quite detrimental.
The report claims that the Hammers are willing to offer as much as £15million for Lascelles in the summer. However, given that he is just 24 years of age, with his best years still ahead of him, Newcastle should refrain from doing any business in the summer that would see their influential captain leave St. James’ Park ahead of next season.