Achraf Lazaar has given a long interview in the Chronicle today and he gives his reasons why he hasn’t played too much since he arrived at the club in August from Palermo – he’s only made two appearances so far.
Achraf is a very positive guy and very good for the team spirit at the club.
And it’s interesting how Rafa seems to have brought in some really positive characters in the summer and they really want to play for Newcastle United in what is starting to look like a successful new era for the club under the top Spanish manager.
Achraf Lazaar in training
Achraf was interviewed at Newcastle’s Benton training center and he was first asked what his best position is and then went on to answer why he hasn’t played much for the first team:
“In my career, I have played everywhere. I have played on the left, either as a left-back or a wing-back or a winger.”
“At Palermo, there were other left-backs but I will play anywhere I am asked, even striker! I could play high on the left in a 3-5-2 or as a normal left-back in a back four.”
“If we play 4-4-2 I can also play well as a left midfielder. The left side of the pitch has my name on it!”
“The real answer to why I haven’t played much is not difficult.” “The manager has looked at all players and wants them in top condition.”
“You have to adapt first and then stay in good condition. For me, I came into a new country, with a new language and a new lifestyle.”
“Football is not different, it is the same game in every country but I had to adapt to the life around me.”
Achraf looks a really talented player and he could come in at left back or on the left wing for Newcastle.
We expect to see the 16 times capped Moroccan International start to play more regularly for the first team before the end of the year and that’s an indication of what a strong squad Rafa put together this summer.
We just need to keep winning our games – it’s simple really.