Newcastle have struggled to find form this season and languish in the relegation zone after the first 10 matches of the campaign, still awaiting a first victory in the Premier League.
Rafael Benitez’s side are crying out for reinforcements and January is set to be a crucial month in the battle to avoid relegation to the Championship but the concern is that Mike Ashley has continuously shown a reluctance to spend.
Naturally, fans are fearful that stance could continue in the New Year and this has led some to make a bold call by claiming the Magpies should consider cashing in on captain Jamaal Lascelles if a big enough offer came in.
Some believe that Lascelles has plummeted down the pecking order and now see the former Nottingham Forest man as expandable, stating they would prefer to use the money from his sale to bolster their attacking ranks.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
Actually think Lejeune is a better centre half but Lascelles is our leader and captain so invaluable. England aspirations might affect him staying also though
— Toon Cat (@AngrycatJ) October 31, 2018
Once lejuene is fit, hes our third choice centre half. If we gets 20-30m for him, I’d drive him anywhere aslong as money is spent on striker/number 10
— Jordan Gibbon (@Gibbo2910) October 31, 2018
I wouldn’t be surprised if he put a transfer request in tbh
— neilB (@neilTheMagpie) October 31, 2018
Think ashley will sell him
— adam thompson (@histonadam85) October 31, 2018
Owner can see more money coming his way! #nufc
— Raymond Anderson (@celticlad19533) October 31, 2018
Never been the same since Rafa backed Richie over him after bust up ????????♂️
— paul (@toonislife) October 31, 2018