After joining from Forest, Lascelles could have plenty to do at Newcastle

The 21-year-old defender links up with the Newcastle United squad after moving from Nottingham Forest.

Newcastle's lack of transfer activity so far has already left boss Steve McClaren emailing fans to ask for time and patience.

But, should the trend continue, it will have resounding implications for the Magpies' current squad - not just the supporters.

Indeed, the likes of Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and more will need to deliver big seasons at St James' Park. The biggest pressure, though, could be on 21-year-old Jamaal Lascelles.

The centre-back, who Newcastle bought from Nottingham Forest last summer before loaning him back to the Championship side, has joined up with McClaren's first team ahead of the new campaign. But the lack of signings so far mean the ex-Forest starlet may be thrown into pressure situations a lot more than the Magpies would have liked during his first Newcastle season.

And, even if not, Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson are still among the club's ranks. Should their form of the past year continue, Lascelles would be an obvious replacement regardless of his own performances - simply because he'll be younger, fresher and quicker than the lackadaisical defenders.

The young centre-back was often criticised by fans at Nottingham Forest last season - and Premier League football provides a whole different challenge.

Lascelles may thrive on the pressure, of course, but he may be called upon quite a bit next season. The former Forest man needs to be ready.

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