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Why Leeds should consider a loan move for Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles

The Newcastle United youngster could be a perfect short-term solution for Leeds United.

According to a recent report from Chronicle Live, Newcastle United are willing to send young defender Jamaal Lascelles back out on loan this season.

The 21-year-old centre-back spent the previous campaign at Nottingham Forest, where he played 25 Championship matches, scoring one goal in the process.

That temporary stint was part of the deal that saw him initially move to Newcastle United from Forest, but now it seems he could be heading back out on loan and Leeds United would be smart to make a move.

While Leeds have impressed with their summer transfer business they are still in need of another centre-back for sufficient squad depth and the emergency loan window (which opens on Wednesday) will allow manager Uwe Rosler the chance to rectify that.

Leeds currently have Sol Bamba, Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper to play centrally, while Scott Wootton is also available if required; but the latter has reinvented himself as a right-back in recent times and a young defender on loan could suit all parties.

Lascelles has plenty of experience playing in the second tier of English football, but he is young enough to know that he will have to fight for a starting spot no matter where he goes.

With Bamba a definite Leeds starter whenever he is fit, that would leave Lascelles competing with Cooper and Bellusci, while Rosler will also want to cover for injuries and suspensions.

Of course the Newcastle player may not even be on Leeds’ loan wish list, but given his talent and previous experience, perhaps he should be.

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