The last few weeks have highlighted how crucial Lascelles is to the team, however, the question of who should partner him is still unanswered. I’ll be going through the pros of cons of the other centre-backs.
Florian Lejeune was signed from Eibar in the summer but was injured on the first day of the season after a reckless challenge from Harry Kane. In recent weeks, the Frenchman has returned to the first team with varying levels of success.
Lejeune is a good ball player but he has been poor as of late. Whether that has been because of his injury or suffering through the loss of Lascelles, he needs to improve. He put in a bad performance against Chelsea and hasn’t been brilliant since signing.
The Irishman came to Newcastle at the start of last season from Aston Villa, much to the dismay of many fans. But as it turns out, he ended up being a very good signing. Clark has been very consistent and brought a calmness to the defence.
While he hasn’t put in the same standard of performances this season, Clark is still a solid option at the back. He’s still relatively consistent at the back despite the poor results recently.
Mbemba has rarely played in his natural position, filling in at fullback because of injuries. When Mbemba is full of confidence, he is a brilliant player. But he wasn’t great against Chelsea and should’ve done a lot better for one of the goals.
In my opinion, Clark is the best partner for Lascelles at the minute. He’s a typical British defender that can also play the ball well. Once Lascelles is back, Newcastle should (hopefully) be back to their form at the start of the season because at the minute there’s no communication between the defence.
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