Newcastle’s on loan center-back Jamaal Lascelles is training with the full England squad this week, and that’s the second successive International break that England manager Roy Hodgson has called in the player, who only turned 21 yesterday.
Jamaal Lascelles on loan at Nottingham Forest – training with England
Jamaal is expected, along with his team-mate 24 year-old goalkeeper Karl Darlow, to be part of the Newcastle first team squad starting next summer – and both were signed in the summer by the Magpies, and returned to Nottingham Forest on loan for the season.
The 6’3″ center-back has played for all the England Youth sides from U18 through U21, and he is rated as one of the best up-and-coming center-backs in England, and getting both him and Darlow to Newcastle in the summer was an excellent acquisition for the club.
And while Forest started the season off well and were top of the Championship, things have tailed off a bit over the last couple of months, and they are now in 11th place on 25 points, but still just 3 points off a play-off position.
The Derby-born player was in big demand from some of England’s top clubs before Newcastle stepped in and bought him in August, and he has so far played 43 times for Forest with 3 goals, and his return to the side of late has coincided with them getting some good results.
Forest won 2-1 last time out against Norwich City at home, with two late goals to clinch the win.
Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow after singing for Newcastle in summer
Newcastle are currently short of one experienced central defender, but with Steven Taylor returning to form and Paul Dummett playing so well in that position in the two games he’s played there, Newcastle could pass on bringing a center-back in during the January transfer window, with Lascelles joining the first team squad in the summer.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini turns 33 in January, and only has 18 months left on his contract at Newcastle, and it may not be renewed.
And with big Mike Williamson turning 31 last Saturday, Newcastle may still bring in another center-back in the summer or even January, to further strengthen the squad.
Alan Pardew had talked earlier this year of wanting more English players in the squad, and the capture of both Lascelles and Darlow in the summer, along with free agent local lad Jack Colback were good captures for the club.
And Newcastle’s younger players like Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi and Rolando Aarons have also played well this year for Newcastle, with the first two being local lads born and bred in Newcastle.
We’re looking forward to seeing both Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow fight for their first team places next season, and certainty the competition for places at a resurgent Newcastle United is intensifying over the last five games – all of which the lads have won, and we are unbeaten in the last six.
Things are starting to look up (big time)m for Newcastle after a terrible start to the season. 😀
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