These Two Players Have Proven To Be Great Acquisitons

It was back on August 9th in 2014 that Newcastle announced the signings of Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles and goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

The fee was undisclosed, but thought to be around £7M for the two players.

They were sent back to Nottingham Forest for the next season on loan and eventually joined the Newcastle first team squad in pre-season training last year.


Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow back in August 2014

Both had little playing time in the first part of last season, although when Rafa came in he saw the potential of Jamaal almost immediately and started to play him in the first team and the youngster put in some solid performances for us.

And then the impressive Rob Elliot picked up a serious ACL injury in late March playing for the Republic of Ireland and in came Karl for the last 8 games of the season.

Both players played very well for us and Rafa even appointed Jamaal as the new (and very young) Newcastle captain in the summer.

He was chosen because he had shown real leadership skills in the heat of battle at Southampton, when more experienced players didn’t want to know.

He was the one interviewed after the game, when others weren’t willing to face the cameras and he called out players who weren’t fighting for the shirt – a classic interview of blood and guts if ever there was one.

If we fast forward to this season, Jamaal plays in every game after a rocky first few games and Karl Darlow has come into the side since the Villa game and we have 8 straight league wins since then.

Jamaal is the target of Premier League leaders Chelsea in January, according to reports – and they are said to be willing to pay £18M for him.

Both players have great characters and temperaments and seem to be thriving at Newcastle under the coaching of Rafa Benitez.

So for £7M these two lads have proved themselves to be great acquisitions for Newcastle and maybe haven’t received the recognition they deserve for their significant progress and improvement on Tyneside.

This all augers well for the future of Newcastle United.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Mr Funk

    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Regarding possible players to bring I would go for (Summer transfer window):

    LB – Charlie Taylor or Andy Robertson
    DM – Nathaniel Chabolah
    CM – Will Hughes or Lewis Baker
    LW – Leon Bailey
    AM – Oscar??
    ST – Dominic Solanke

  • Mr Funk

    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    I could see Dummett and Gouffran leaving at the end of the season.
    Anita – not too sure – struggled in Prem at times – maybe let go in summer

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Benitez has built a side that should win the Championship title – which is the objective this season.
    The suggestion that we’ll just need a couple of new players next season is I think laughable.
    There is a massive difference in class between the PL and the EFL.
    The current team are what I would describe as utilitarian (definition ;-designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive)
    They are winning games a bit like a programmed machine marching on sweeping all aside – without much “edge of the seat thrills” or individual flair.
    Benitez was able to identify and buy his team.
    Question is can he replicate this next season -viz players more expensive and less available who are quality.
    Can he attract the better players whilst we are still in the EFL or will he have to wait until the summer.

    Good stuff ahead I think – but the football currently is what it needs to be to secure this seasons objective – but it is sometimes “ugly” football/ Who cares at the moment – but we’ll have to improve next season.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Should add I think we will need half a team of better quality players.

  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Charlie Taylor and Andy Robertson are no better than Dummett no point in changing just for changing sake
    Gouffran and Anita contracts are up in the summer

  • martoon

    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Mr Funk @1 – I have to say I agree with you about LB Charlie Taylor. I was very impressed with him yesterday and he was probably their best player. He defended quite well and was a menace on his forward runs – he would definitely be competition for Dummett.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d say with the confidence we have and the quality of the squad we would be better than most bottom half PL clubs at the moment. I doubt very much we will be planning on breaching the top four next season but with the addition of a quality LB, LW, CB CM and proven striker I’d say we’ll comfortably hold our own, players will have to be moved on though and I think Mbemba, Dummet, Gouffran, Perez and Colback might be moved.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Hibbit……… I think Charlie Taylor would defo be an upgrade on Dummet. Much better on the ball, can beat his man when running forward and is a good accurate crosser.

  • DaraghL

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Mr Funk –

    Oscar? You really are dreaming there.

    I think we should look to sign 1 or 2 in January. Players of the Ritchie/Gayle mould who are good enough for the Prem but would be content with a few months in the championship.

    Then in the summer I would say max 3-4 signings. Anyone suggesting 10 etc. have not learnt of past mistakes or appear to not see the recent examples of newly established premier league sides.

    Look at Swansea for example, they kept Williams/Britton/Dyer etc and built around them…albeit they soon pulled all investment. Similarly we were on the right path when we purchased Tiote & Ben Arfa to add to those who brought us up. The team spirit is vital. The last thing we want is another overhaul of French stars or to replicate QPR.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Got to say I’m really not convinced with Perez . Like I’ve said he’s sharp in and around the box with his flicks and first time shots at goal but he can’t beat defenders and has been sussed out . When he’s closed down he nearly always loses the ball. What good is that when we could have someone more effective in that position.

  • Mr Funk

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Martoon

    Watched the Leeds game yesterday and I though Charlie Taylor played well too.
    I think it would be nice to add more home grown players.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    If the same level of structure and organisation in games can be achieved with proven top quality for the Premiership, which Rafa has a history of success with at multiple clubs, the we are in for some very, very good times ahead should it all come together well.

  • Mr Funk

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #13

    @ DaraghL

    I was struggling to think of a good AM – Oscar is very unlikely to head to Newcastle from Chelsea

    Any suggestions for an AM?

  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #14


    Taylor leaves a lot of space behind him as was proved yesterday
    not saying we dont need a LB but these 2 aren’t any better

  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #15

    just got to say who had the clean sheet yesterday !!

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Did anyone think Roofe looked dangerous yesterday? He was very pacey and direct and is unexposed really as he came from Oxford where he was the best player in that league. He impressed me and if he continues to improve could be anything.

  • Legolas

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t understand the negativity Dummett gets on here. He may not be the best going forward but he is definitely a decent defender. Over the 80 games he has played so far for Newcastle I don’t remember many times he has let us down. It isn’t a coincidence that we looked a 100% better defensively when he played at the back end of last season.
    Yes there are better left backs out there but Charlie Taylor or Andy Robertson are they any better, really. Give me a break.

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Clubs will no doubt be sniffing around some of our players and it’s up to Rafa to persuade the ones he wants to keep, that they’ll have a bright and successful future with him at the helm of the good ship NUFC.

    Let’s hope that Rafa can persuade Ashley and Charnley that profit on player sales is all very nice but we’re no longer a feeder for the glamour clubs. Hopefully they’ll see that there’s more to be gained by being successful at football.


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