24 year-old Achraf Lazaar is almost ready to get involved more regularly with the Newcastle first team and in his interviews this week in the Chronicle he has come across as an extremely positive and upbeat person who will be great for the team spirit at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez is in no way rushing the Moroccan International into the first team, but rather the manager has allowed him to get to grips with the English game before he will unleash him somewhere on the left hand side of the Newcastle team.
Achraf Lazaar in Newcastle’s colors
Rafa knows all about the game in Italy, having managed Napoli for two years and he will know in which ways Achraf needs to adapt his game to be ready to play in England.
Lazaar talked about the English game and the fact that it’s not like in Italy or Spain which is basically tiki-taka football – made famous by Pep Guardiola when he was at Barcelona with short passing, lots of movement and maintaining possession.
This is what Achraf said:
“The football here is very quick and you don’t have tiki-taka football – instead it is hard and aggressive.”
“In Italy the referee has his work cut out with cards, here it is simply: ‘Let’s play and get on with it’. The conditions are different and it is more physical.”
“We use the gym a lot more. I like it here and I have adapted.” “I came here to enjoy the experience and for now I work hard to get to that next level.”
“This manager has told me to come and play on the left side and get into position for the team.”
Next up for Newcastle is a tough game at Elland Road in the early kick-off game on Sunday and we will probably see Achraf on the bench and who knows he may get on in the second half.
We hope so because this lad looks a very talented player from what we’ve seen of him so far in is two Newcastle appearances.
What do you think?