Newcastle summer signing Jamaal Lascelles looks a poor buy before he even arrives

Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles has failed to impress since signing for Newcastle United.

Newcastle United may already be regretting their decision to part with a sizeable amount of money to sign Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles this summer.

Lascelles agreed to move to St. James' Park alongside Forest teammate Karl Darlow after impressing at Championship level during the previous campaign, but his form this time around has left question marks over his ability.

The centre-back was loaned back to Forest by the Magpies, but he has struggled to make a positive impression at the City Ground.

The Reds have failed to live up to expectations this campaign and are languishing in mid-table, with a number of their first-team squad failing to show their best.

Lascelles is one of the major guilty parties in this respect and Forest fans are already suggesting that they will not be too disappointed to see him depart permanently this summer.

Although Darlow is held in high esteem at the City Ground, Lascelles's reputation has taken a battering this season and Newcastle may be wishing they had held off making a move.

The defender has looked naive and error-prone during the fixtures he has played so far and has only been afforded a peripheral role by Stuart Pearce.

Lascelles has played just 12 times for Forest this season and if he is not capable of performing a function at the heart of a Championship side's defence on a regular basis there must be concerns over whether he is ready to make the step-up to the top level in the near future. 

At 21-years-old, Lascelles still has time to develop, but he should be standing out in the second tier rather than struggling.

Although he is currently playing in strange circumstances, with his head potentially turned by the impending move, his lack of success this campaign makes the deal looks questionable and Newcastle must be concerned about their summer investment's lack of progress. 

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