Achraf Lazaar has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he has reflected on his time with Palermo and talked about how excited he is to join such a famous club as Newcastle United.
And he has talked about how good the Palermo fans – the ultras – were to him during his three year stay in Sicily and that they thanked him when he left in the summer for all he had done for the club.
Achraf Lazaar while at Palermo in Sicily
But the fans at Palermo are also demanding not unlike the fans at Newcastle and therefore he thinks he has been prepared for life at Newcastle and certainly the fans have welcomed the Moroccan with open arms to Newcastle.
This is what Achraf has said today about the Palermo fans:
“Palermo have a big fan base and they are very much behind the team too. If you don’t win the fans don’t like you, if you win they love you.”
“The fans come to the training ground everyday. They stay near the team. As I say when you win you are a prince of the city, if you lose it’s hard.”
“Winning in the city is very important to the fans.”
“They have the Ultras in Palermo. They thanked me for everything I had done for the club before I came to Newcastle and I thanked them for all their support.”
“The fans were brilliant with me and supported me for three years.”
Achraf seems like a really good guy and he will find out soon enough – if he doesn’t know already – that if you give 100% at Newcastle and lose then all is well – as long as you give everything in a game the fans will stick by you.
It’s when players give up and don’t seem to care when wearing the famous Newcastle shirt that really upsets the fans.
And that happened too many times last season and the Geordie fans were unhappy – very unhappy.
But Rafa has been able to get through to them that every game is important and 100% effort is there all the time – and if a player is not willing to give that in games and in training – he doesn’t play for Rafa Benitez.
Everything is cool at Newcastle at the moment and long may that continue.