It’s been claimed this week that Everton are looking to exploit the uncertainty surrounding Rafa Benitez’s long-term future by lodging a £30m bid for Jamaal Lascelles – and the news has provoked some interesting debate online between Newcastle and Everton fans.
The following question was posed to Everton fans up and down the country by NUFC fan account @BlackWhiteBarmy, and it provoked some intriguing responses from those on Merseyside:
Had quite a few #EFC fans suggesting that Jamaal Lascelles would happily quit NUFC to join Everton this summer.
Out of interest, could any #EFC fans tell me why he'd make that move?
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) June 4, 2018
Here’s some responses from Everton fans on Twitter:
“In fairness, if Rafa walks, you’re one bad managerial appointment away from fighting relegation again. Keeping hold of Rafa and sorting your boardroom out is key. Currently, Everton look far more settled & look to have a good plan in place at having a pop at the Sky 6.”
“You was playing in the championship not so long ago , Chairman at present doesn’t want to spend, you could easily become Sunderland”
“We aren’t a top six club but we are a step up with respect. We will be aiming for EL football and have regularly been in or around the top 6-8 in the last fifteen years. Whether he wants to move is up to him, he may wish to stay.But that’s the reason why players do join Everton.”
“1 – It’s a Step Up ( No Disrespect), 2 – Ambition, New Stadium, New director, financially well off , 3 – Finances we can pay much higher wages, 4 – Club is going the right direction”
“Players do look at us as a platform being cynical about my club we have given the likes of Stones, Rodwell, Lukaku, chances in the first team they have then gone on to ‘even bigger clubs’…How many Newcastle players have made that leap lately(not a dig just a question)?”
“We’re moving forward as a club, unfortunately (and i’m not saying this to try and terror) but newcastle aren’t, not until yous get a new owner.”
“The answer of what makes a Big club is not a fan base 50000 or 40000 in our case it’s called success an history inc titles an trophies overall therefore Newcastle are nowhere near EFC on history so that conversations over”
“More ambition aiming to qualify for Europe again next season. Over the last 10/15 years we are a established Top 6/7 side. Also with a ambitious/wealthy owner, something Newcastle don’t have.”
“Not looking to get dragged into a “big club” debate, but what I will say is historically quite a lot of defenders have broken into the England setup at Everton over the last few years; Lescott, Jagielka, Baines, Stones.. Might be a factor in any decision?”
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Some of their responses are hard to argue with, however there’s one big point they’re all tending to forget. They aren’t actually in Europe, they only actually finished two places above us in the league, he won’t be their captain and won’t have the same role at Everton as he does at NUFC – not forgetting the main point; he won’t be managed by Rafa Benitez (Silva an inferior manager right now).
Is it a step up right now? Yes, I can see why it is. But it’s not a big enough one to warrant him leaving behind what he currently has going for him at Newcastle United.
He and Rafa Benitez know full well that Newcastle is the best place for him to be right now.