It seems like nothing can appease some Newcastle fans these days, not even a new contract for Jamaal Lascelles.
The news is well timed, as it was this week that the defender was linked with a move away from St James’ Park. According to the Chronicle, both Tottenham and Chelsea were monitoring Lascelles.
Lascelles has been heavily linked with a move away from the Magpies over the past year, and it was only 13 months ago that he signed another new contract.
But as Newcastle prepare for another relegation battle, they now know they should be able to rely on their skipper for the rest of the season. However, that’s not how some fans see it.
Cynicism sets in as club confirm new Lascelles deal
That’s lascelles off in January for £30+ million then,Not sure if that’s me being cynical or just realistic #NUFC
— ⚽Gavin Brumwell🕹 (@Gav_brumwell_) November 1, 2018
Lascelles signs new contract.
Chronicle: THIS IS BRILLIANT NEWS.
Everyone else: He’s gone in January. #nufc
— Lee Robson (@leerobson23) November 1, 2018
There can’t be many football clubs around where their captain signing a new six-year-contract is assumed to be so they can sell him for more £ in a few weeks time. #NUFC
— Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) November 1, 2018
Lascelles price tag bumped up by about £15 million in time for the transfer window 🙃🙃🙃
— Pabsy (@Pabsy95) November 1, 2018
Don’t get me wrong l’m delighted with the Lascelles news, can’t get my head round it. Is it just a way to drive his £ up before an inevitable sale? Does he see a future at the club should Rafa leave? What are his thoughts on Ashley? Surely he can’t see #nufc progressing under MA?
— Gianfranco Shola 🌀 (@youmeandnufc) November 1, 2018
“Jamaal Lascelles ends January speculation by signing new deal with Newcastle United until 2024”
Hasn’t ended speculation at all, all its done has increased his price tag #NUFC
— DH (@DanHeslop) November 1, 2018
Such a shame that #NUFC fans are so cynical about Lascelles’ contract signing… but you can’t help but think it’s totally spot on, this is Ashley’s Newcastle after all… the more profit the better. 😔
— Kris (@geordiekris83) November 1, 2018
Lascelles had signed a new 6-year deal. That means he’ll be off in January or summer at the latest #NUFC
— Murray White (@Muzza_90) November 1, 2018
Ashley continues to cloud everything that happens at Newcastle
A large portion of fans aren’t convinced that this new contract is good news, which is reflective of what Mike Ashley has done to the supporters.
People can no longer be positive about the club, and instead look for the negatives at every turn. While it might be that Lascelles’ new contract is meant to ward off interest from elsewhere, some people will believe it when they see it.
Until then, it’s the constant fear of ‘what does this really mean?’ that will cloud anything that happens during Ashley’s Newcastle reign.