Jamaal Lascelles’ Newcastle United future is up in the air.
He’s the club captain, but he’s also no longer a first-team regular. Lascelles has only started five times since the arrival of Dan Burn, who has established a great partnership with Fabian Schar.
Burn and Schar have been exceptional in 2022, helping tighten up an incredibly leaky defence like a pair of premium plumbers.
Meanwhile, Lascelles has had to watch on from the sidelines. There’s even been speculation that he could leave this summer, with talk of a return to Nottingham Forest.
A deal for Sven Botman will only push Lascelles further down the pecking order, and now Newcastle’s latest target could truly signal the end of his time on Tyneside.
Newcastle linked with Merih Demiral
According to reports in Italy, Newcastle are interested in signing Merih Demiral. The defender is currently on loan at Atalanta, but the Serie A side may not exercise their option to sign him permanently.
That means a return to Juventus could be on the horizon, with the Turin side likely to move Demiral on once again.
Turkish outlet C2 Haber believe the 24-year-old is open to a move to Newcastle, claiming he could cost £17million.
That would be a bargain deal for the Turkey international, who was once very highly rated across Europe. He still has the potential to be a top defender.
Demiral is a right-sided centre-back, meaning he could play alongside Botman at St James’ Park. The Dutchman is yet to sign on the dotted line, but a move to Newcastle feels incredibly likely at the moment.
And if Demiral follows him to SJP then it could be curtains for Lascelles.
Lascelles’ future at Newcastle is in doubt
If Dan Ashworth completes deals for Demiral and Botman, they will surely be Eddie Howe’s first choice centre-backs. Then in reserve he’ll have Schar and Burn.
That would limit Lascelles’ chances of playing even further. He’d become backup to the backup.
There’s no way he would stay at SJP if that was the case. He’d surely seek a move away from the place he’s called home since 2014.
Lascelles has played more than 200 times for Newcastle, but he may struggle to add to that tally if Howe splashes out on two new centre-backs this summer.
Signing Botman wouldn’t be the end of the world for Lascelles. He’d still be the backup right-sided centre-back. But a move for Demiral could be the beginning of the end for our captain.