Lascelles, who has made six starting appearances this season, has been filling in for the injured Sven Botman. The 29-year-old captained the team in their 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, following their impressive 4-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the previous Champions League game.
While Lascelles has been a consistent presence at the club since his arrival in August 2014, his current contract runs until June 2024. Fans are now divided on whether he should continue as a starter or make way for Botman upon his return from a knee injury, expected at the start of November.
Some supporters are eager to see Botman back in the lineup, believing that Lascelles may not be suitable for Champions League-level competition. On the other hand, there are those who were impressed with Lascelles’ performance against Dortmund and believe he can still contribute positively.
One fan expressed concerns about Botman’s offensive contributions and is hopeful for his return. Meanwhile, others were satisfied with how Lascelles stepped up in Botman’s absence, stating that he didn’t put a foot wrong in the recent match.
The debate over Lascelles’ role highlights the challenges and choices facing Newcastle United as they compete in the Champions League this season. Manager Eddie Howe will need to make key decisions regarding the team’s defensive lineup as they navigate the demanding competition.
Ultimately, the future of Jamal Lascelles in the starting XI remains uncertain, with fans divided over his role in the club’s European campaign.
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