Jamaal Lascelles has signed a new six-year deal at Newcastle, meaning he’s tied down until 2023. It feels like it wasn’t long ago when he first broke into the starting eleven, called out senior players for not caring, and became a symbol of hope along with Rafa Benitez. In that time he’s made 75 appearances for the club, and none have been more impressive than his five this season.
After struggling a bit in the second half of last season’s Championship campaign, it was revealed Lascelles has been playing hurt since January. Between this, and leading us an early season three-game winning streak with two crucial goals, Lascelles has cemented himself as the captain at just 23-years old.
The news couldn’t come at a better time, Lascelles hasn’t put a foot wrong yet this season, he’s been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month, and we’re heading into the second international break coming off shutting down Mo Salah and Sadio Mané.
#NUFC's @Lascelles16 has been nominated for the @premierleague’s Player of the Month award, and you can vote!— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 6, 2017
It’s never guaranteed - and even unlikely - that a contract of this length actually lasts, but there have not been many more optimistic times at Newcastle in recents years. With the promise of Rafa staying long-term, a young captain who’s only getting better, and possibly even a takeover, maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason to hope.