Newcastle United should take inspiration from Middlesbrough with Jamaal Lascelles starring

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017 in...

It seems inevitable that Newcastle United will have to ward off interest for Jamaal Lascelles in the coming months.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough claps the fans after the game during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur at the Riverside Stadium on September 24, 2016 in...

Young English centre-halves are a valuable commodity in today’s market. Just look at how much Everton paid for Michael Keane, Leicester City for Harry Maguire and the £30 million Middlesbrough were demanding for skipper Ben Gibson (The Telegraph) despite being relegated from the Premier League last season.

Therefore, Newcastle United could slap a similarly huge price tag onto the head of Jamaal Lascelles with the 23-year-old excelling in The Magpies’ return to the top flight. And you wonder how long it will be before potential suitors come knocking.

The Express reported in December of last year that both Liverpool and Chelsea had sent scouts to watch Lascelles with Newcastle fighting for promotion from the Championship.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St James' Park on April 14, 2017 in...

£30m or nothing

And the fact that the former Nottingham Forest youngster, who became the youngest permanent captain in the club’s history last year, has taken to the top flight like a duck to water will only make Lascelles a more tempting proposition for cash-rich suitors.

Especially if, as expected, Lascelles is handed a maiden England call-up between now and the end of the season.

Therefore, Newcastle should perhaps prepare themselves now for an onslaught of interest in a player whose excellent reading of the game and impressive technical ability makes him an intriguing blank canvas for a club higher up the footballing pyramid.

Newcastle goalscorer Jamaal Lascelles celebrates on the final whistle during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in...

Mike Ashley has frequently sold Newcastle’s best players for a profit and there’s little reason to believe he has changed tack now.

Though Newcastle should not ask for anything less than £30 million when the time is right. If Middlesbrough can demand such a fee for Ben Gibson and successfully ward off interest, then their north east rivals should take a leaf out of their book.

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