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New Signing Gets Closer To Playing Regularly

8:41 am, Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Achraf Lazaar has made just one appearance for Newcastle since joining us from Palermo in August, after he turned down an offer from Fiorentina to join them.

The 16 times capped Moroccan International wanted to join Rafa Benitez at Newcastle and he was delighted to sign on at the famous Tyneside club.

The 24 year-old  played the full game at left-back on 20th September in the 2-0 win against Wolves in the EFL Cup, but has not seen first team action since then.

achraf lazaar and rafa benitez

Achraf Lazaar with Rafa Benitez after signing

Lazaar hasn’t played at all in the Championship and Rafa Benitez has recently explained why that has been the case.

Rafa has talked about the status of the player who came through Varese’s youth system once he moved to Italy with his parents from Casablanca back in 2003:

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle:

“He needs to understand English football.”  “He has the potential.”

“He has to adapt to the pace and the physicality, all of these things.”  “But he is getting closer.”

As we said earlier Lazaar was delighted to join Newcastle and these are just some of his words after signing along the dotted line:

“I am very happy to be at Newcastle United.” “I’m proud to sign here because Newcastle is a great team in England.”

Lazaar played 42 times with one goal and one assist for Varese before he moved to Palermo in 2014, where he made 73 total appearances with 3 goals and 6 assists.

But he only stayed there a couple of years before Rafa persuaded him to join Newcastle in England’s second division.

Local lad Paul Dummett currently occupies the left-back position at Newcastle, but once Achraf adjusts to English football Paul will have his work cut out to keep the left-back starting position.

And that’s exactly what Rafa Benitez wants – competition for places all over the pitch – it’s great for the team.

Comments welcome.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grafton83 // Oct 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    I can’t imagine it will take too much to get the starting LB position. I’m hoping Lazaar can make the transition soon, he’s more experienced than Dummett who hasn’t always been consistent at the back. Reminds me of when Santon arrived and needed a long time to adjust first. That Spanish guy is also taking his time getting into the first team too.

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Oct 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Major Lazaar:

  • 3 funlovingexpress // Oct 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    I am very happy about this. I am sick to death of players being thrown to the wolves at Newcastle. We have bought some very good players over the years whose only crime was not being ready for the premiership and thrown in at the deeep end.

    All of the successful teams get players up to speed with the demands of English football before they play them.

    The likes of Pardew just threw them in. I think largely because he wanted more control so wanted players he hadnt asked for to fail. He also wanted a British team so again another reason to fail.

    Its ironic that almost all of his signings at Palace were scouted by Newcastle. Its weird what you can do if you want something to work instead of fail.

    Benitez however is a different kettle of fish. He knows what must be done to blood foreign players into the rigours of an English season.

    He will give him fleeting appearances, not enough so fans can judge him properly and get on his back, but enough so that he adapts.

    Once he finally adapts no one will get on his back because he is a good player.

    Im still very much irked by what happened to Mbiwa

  • 4 funlovingexpress // Oct 4, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Grafton the spanish guy is injured and Lazaar I doubt will play much of a part this season.

    Next season though he will no doubt be first choice.

  • 5 dannyhunt // Oct 4, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    hi can anyone tell me what the craic is with buying tickets online! been trying to get tickets for preston cup game but says there none available for any matches, anyone know if the site is down??!! cheers

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