Forest loanee who may have played more by staying with Newcastle

Newcastle United signed Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest last summer.

When Newcastle United signed Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest last summer they immediately loaned him back to the Championship club with the expectation that he would receive regular first-team football at the City Ground.

Lascelles had been a key player for Forest during the 2013/14 campaign and it was anticipated that he would be similarly important this season.

However, strangely, the central defender would arguably have a better chance of getting into Newcastle's first-team than Forest's at this present time.

Newcastle have suffered a defensive crisis, with Steven Taylor ruled out for the season and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa completing a permanent transfer to Roma.

It leaves them with Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett as their only recognised senior defenders and Lascelles would surely have been in with a chance of receiving regular action as a result.

Although Coloccini and Dummett form a decent pairing, Williamson looks well short of quality and there is an argument to suggest that Lascelles would have been third choice.

At Forest, meanwhile, he seems to be slipping further and further down the pecking order and has only played 91 minutes of football in 2015.

Jack Hobbs and Kelvin Wilson have formed a commanding partnership at the heart of Forest's defence, while Michael Mancienne, who has made 25 appearances this season, will also claim to be ahead of Lascelles when fit.

It means that the 21-year-old’s development would, arguably, be better served back at his parent club, where first-team football would seem much more of a possibility, even though they are playing at a higher level.

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