Some concerning claims from the Evening Standard today, stating that Chelsea are ‘monitoring the situation’ of Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles – revealing that they have been ‘admirers’ of him since 2016 and could make a bid for him in the summer.
Lascelles has been without doubt our best performer this season, being instrumental to just about everything we’ve done well both on and off the pitch.
Unfortunately, this always felt inevitable when you see how good he’s been in a struggling side this season. He’s also got so many desirable traits, being young (24), English, a leader and an impressive athlete who has shown how quickly he can develop under the right guidance.
Here’s a snippet from the story in the Standard today:
‘Chelsea are monitoring Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.
‘The club are keen to add another centre half to the ranks and have been admirers of Lascelles since 2016, and could make a move for the 24-year-old this summer.
‘Chelsea want to add more English players to their squad – it was one of the factors why they bought Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkleyin the past two transfer windows.
‘They are also committed to lowering the age of the side, especially with two of their current centre halfs over 30.’
The Standard also state that the skipper was given a pay rise by the club recently, however he’s believed to be on ‘no more than £50,000-a-week’, meaning Chelsea could offer him a far more lucrative contract than we currently are.
Not ideal, but to be expected given how good he’s been. One thing this does prove is how important it is we stay up, keep Rafa and get taken over.
If we went down and lost Rafa then we’d be helpless to losing players like Lascelles.