Jamaal Lascelles’ Newcastle United future is uncertain.
The 28-year-old is the captain at St James’ Park, but he is no longer a guaranteed starter. Lascelles lost his place to Dan Burn, who has been exceptional since his £13million arrival.
Lascelles has spent most of the second half of the season on the bench, restricted to seven starts since the turn of the year.
The skipper had a disappointing first half of the campaign which led to some flack from fans, although he has recovered when called upon in 2022. He was certainly impressive off the bench in the recent 2-0 win over Arsenal.
But Burn and Fabian Schar are Newcastle’s first choice centre-back pairing, while there is speculation of a fresh move for Sven Botman.
That would push Lascelles further down the pecking order, and there is talk he could leave the club this summer.
Plenty of players have been linked with a departure, but Lascelles feels like the most high profile name that is at risk.
Former club Forest want Jamaal Lascelles reunion
There’s been no talk of any clubs being in for Lascelles…until now. Nottingham Forest’s promotion to the Premier League certainly changes things.
The Athletic report that Steve Cooper’s side are having a look at the player they sold in 2014. The report adds that multiple clubs are looking at the defender, but Forest is the only one that is named.
Lascelles was a hugely bright talent at Forest, but left the club to join Newcastle alongside Karl Darlow eight years ago.
He left as raw potential, but he could return as a leader with stacks of Premier League experience. Eddie Howe will certainly attest to his leadership qualities, calling Lascelles an ‘exceptional captain‘ last month.
It would represent a chance to remain in the top flight, and he’d have a much better chance at playing regular first-team football. Cooper uses a back three, which is a system Lascelles knows well having played under Rafa Benitez and Steve Bruce.
Lascelles is a good squad player for Newcastle to have. But it’s hard to see him being a starter at St James’ Park again.
A move feels unlikely, but a return to Forest might be the best option for all parties. Newcastle move someone out of their inflated squad, Forest get a proven Premier League player, and Lascelles gets the chance to return home.