Report: Jamaal Lascelles is first choice at Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

The second centre back spot is reportedly a fight between Grant Hanley and Chancel Mbemba.

Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles applauds the fans at the end of the matchNewcastle's Jamaal Lascelles applauds the fans at the end of the match

According to the Chronicle, Jamaal Lascelles will be one of the first names on the Newcastle United team sheet next season.

The defender only made his Magpies debut in January as injuries to first team stars handed him his chance to impress.

He did just that, going on to make 18 Premier League appearances by the end of the season.

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Swansea's Alberto PaloschiNewcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Swansea's Alberto Paloschi

Rafa Benitez has clearly been impressed, with the Chronicle now reporting that he will be one of the first names on the Spaniard’s team sheet next season.

They claim that it is a straight battle between new signing Grant Hanley and Chancel Mbemba for the second centre back slot alongside Lascelles.

Jamaal Lascelles celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle while sustaining a injury to the mouthJamaal Lascelles celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle while sustaining a injury to the mouth

Of those two players, it is easy to imagine that it will be Hanley who wins that battle, at least at first.

It has widely been discussed how the current Magpies squad are lacking experience of the division and how that could be a negative for them.

Hanley has been in the division for much of his career though, meaning it is easy to see Benitez opting to go with the Scotland international over Mbemba, at least at first.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during trainingNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during training

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