THREE theories emerge after Jamaal Lascelles signs new deal at NUFC – Do you believe any?

Whilst news of Jamaal Lascelles’ new contract extension has generally been met positively by NUFC fans, a number of supporters have questioned whether Mike Ashley has an ulterior motive behind giving the skipper a new six-year deal.

Here are the three fan theories that have emerged on social media since the captain put pen to paper today – with two being worrying, and one being quite promising:

1 – A new contract means more money for Mike if he sells – It sounds cynical, but we all know that a contract does not mean a player stays – more meaning that a player will cost more if a club comes to sign him. As much as I’d love to see Lascelles stay for many years to come, a bigger contract means we can demand a bigger fee – and I fear Ashley would cash in if a huge offer came our way (See Carroll etc.). Some also fear that the new deal will include a relegation clause. Would you blame him if it did?

2 – An attempt to distract from protests and bad press? – With a potential boycott planned for the Wolves game in December, could this be a timely move from Ashley to try and appease frustrated NUFC fans? Ashley and his cronies are not liking the protests and the bad press they are receiving, so you never know.

3 – Would Lascelles sign if he knew Rafa was leaving in the summer? – Some fans are wondering whether Lascelles’ deal signals progress on Rafa Benitez’s future. After all, I can’t see Lascelles committing his future to the club if he’s expecting Rafa to be gone in a few months time..

One other possibility (although this seems far more unlikely) is that Lascelles putting pen to paper could signal *some* level of ambition and hope moving forward, meaning Rafa may be more likely to sign in the coming months IF Ashley also spends in January.

The first two ‘theories’ feel like a cynical way of looking at it, but we all know Ashley. Andy Carroll didn’t look like he was about to leave NUFC, but Ashley jumped at the chance to sell him when a huge offer came in.

Let’s hope it’s the latter that happens and not one of the two theories that has emerged following Lascelles’ new contract, but his is what happens when you’ve had 10 years of lies and deceit from Mike Ashley – you struggle to even get behind the good news.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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