Newcastle United fans react to Jamaal Lascelles being linked to £18m Liverpool move

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

Who would want to leave St James' Park right now? Surely not the influential club captain.

While summer signings a la Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie understandably portrayed as the poster boys of the ‘Rafalution’ on Tyneside, it’s quite remarkable that a player completely marginalised under Steve McClaren remains one of the most important components of the league’s strongest squad.

Jamaal Lascelles, after all, is Newcastle United’s captain at the age of just 22. A player who caught the eye of his Champions League winning manager almost immediately after he arrived at St James’ Park in March, thrust directly into the heart a team rapidly tumbling out of the Premier League.

And it’s credit to the former Nottingham Forest youngster that he never showed any signs of nerves while the previous wearer of the armband, 39-time capped Argentinian international Fabrizio Coloccini, imploded on a nigh-on weekly basis.

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


And, with top level defending striking a new low in the Premier League this weekend, it’s no surprise that a number of clubs are reportedly lining up to bid for Lascelles’ extensive services.

According to The Express, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have dropped five points in their last two matches on the back of individual defensive errors, are ready to pay top dollar for one of the most naturally gifted English centre-halves on the market.

Furthermore, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, a man who knows a thing or two about defending having coached the illustrious BBC at Juventus and Italy, is reportedly willing to splash out £18 million on a long-term replacement for John Terry.

Not that Newcastle fans will be swayed by such figures.

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