Newcastle’s difficult start to the Premier League season continued at the weekend as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Brentford at St James’ Park.
They are rooted to the bottom of the table on six points and are the only team in the division who are yet to win a single match.
One player who had an eventful game against the Bees was centre-back and captain Jamaal Lascelles, as he scored a goal at the right end and the wrong end…
The towering centre-back has been one of the few bright sparks for the Magpies this season. He has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.81, which only Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin have been able to beat.
As per SofaScore, he has won 62% of his duels in the Premier League and made a whopping 5.8 clearances per game on average. This shows that, despite Newcastle’s struggles, Lascelles has been putting in some strong performances and doing his part in trying to lift the team out of trouble.
He has been a dream signing for the club since they landed him from Nottingham Forest in 2014. They reportedly paid £7m to sign Lascelles in a deal which also included goalkeeper Karl Darlow, with Transfermarkt estimating that just over half of that figure was used to pay for the defender. However, even if the full £7m was spent on him, Newcastle have still pulled off a blinder with him over the years.
At the time of writing (24/11/21), Transfermarkt value him at £11.7m. This means that his value has risen since arriving at St James’ Park and he has been able to maintain a high level of consistency over the past seven years on Tyneside, with Alan Shearer once claiming that he “gives everything”.
He was sent back out on loan to Nottingham Forest for the 2014/15 campaign and then played just 18 times in the Premier League during his first full year on Tyneside. However, he was made club captain at the start of the 2016/17 campaign, wearing the armband under Rafael Benitez, Steve Bruce and now Eddie Howe.
Lascelles has since gone on to play 197 times for Newcastle in the subsequent years, including 135 times in the Premier League, and he has won a Championship title with the club. Along with his captaincy and increase in value, this shows that he has been a terrific signing and the Magpies have extracted plenty from the £7m they paid in 2014.