Newcastle United's decision not to bring in a defender during the January transfer window was influenced by Jamaal Lascelles's impending arrival this summer, according to a report in the Chronicle.
The central defender is all set to move to St. James' Park once his season-long loan at Nottingham Forest expires this summer and it appears that he may have a first-team role to play.
Newcastle have clearly been determined not to block his progression by bringing in another defender, but that decision has caused widespread frustration around the North East club.
With Paul Dummett and Steven Taylor both sidelined, Newcastle have little choice at centre-back and the Williamson-Coloccini partnership is likely to be a regular feature in their team between now and the end of the campaign.
It is a combination which has been exposed previously, largely due to Williamson's lack of mobility, and their selection could negatively impact on John Carver's side's season.
For Lascelles though, it is surely good news and he can consider this an indication of just how highly Newcastle rate his chances of being a star at St. James' Park.
Although the youngster has not been in spectacular form for Forest this season, he has previously proven his talents and Newcastle evidently believe he has what it takes to limit their need to bring in another centre-back.