Arsenal and Liverpool target Jamaal Lascelles nets in key Championship clash

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Nottingham Forest starlet Jamaal Lascelles is undoubtedly one of the most in demand players in the Championship.

Still just 20, the centre back has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton over the last few months.

And depending on whether any scouts stayed until the end of Saturday's match with QPR, it may or may not have been a game to forget for the youngster.

A 5-2 defeat to playoff rivals is never the strongest example of a young defender's potential, but for sections of the match Lascelles was part of a defence keeping the Hoops at bay.

With three QPR goals coming after 86 minutes and later, there was plenty of desperate defending beforehand on Lascelles and co, and though the Reds would go on to suffer defeat, the young Englishman at least had a goal to take away from the game.

The strike was a powerful header from a rightwing corner, all the more impressive given the aerial prowess of QPR defenders Richard Dunne and Clint Hill.

Lascelles has made 31 appearances for Forest in what has very much been his breakthrough season, amassing a hefty 11 bookings and scoring 3 goals. As a technical, powerful defender that is capable of carrying the ball out of defence at some pace, he has been compared to Vincent Kompany and a young Rio Ferdinand in the media.

With Forest now struggling to make the playoffs, it is feasible that the young defender ends up at one of the many teams he has been linked with for a fee likely to be over £5 million. Quite how much game time the player will get though after such a move is something it would be wise for him to consider.

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