Rafa On Isolated Newcastle Player – I Can’t Do Anything – I Feel For Him

It looks like one of our on-loan players – Achraf Lazaar – will not play at Benevento again through the rest of the season because he was excluded from their League squad for the second half of the season.

That was to make a place for Bacary Sagna, who was signed as a free agent in January by the Serie A club and room had to be made for him in the squad.

The Serie A club decided to replace Achraf Lazaar with Sagna, who is an experienced 65 times capped French International.

Sagna played seven years at Arsenal and then three years at Manchester City.

Achraf Lazaar and Rafa Benitez in happier times – August 2016

Rafa tried to help, but he couldn’t do anything about it.

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today about the situation:

“I feel for him. When you go away and you think everything is fine it is hard.”

“He was injured for some time and that went against him. We can’t change anything now. We are aware of him but we can’t do anything.”

“I was talking with his agent the other day. We know about his situation but we can’t find a solution.”

“They signed Bacary Sagna and they needed one position changed. Sagna is a player with experience and they decided on him (Lazaar) not being in the squad.”

“It’s something that we can’t control. We have signed Kenedy so we couldn’t bring him back.”

These things can happen in football, but it’s a blow for Lazaar and a blow for Newcastle.

Benevento will not be taking up the £3M option to buy – that was included in Lazaar’s loan contract.

Newcastle will try to sell the Moroccan International in the summer or loan him out again – hopefully with better luck next season.

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21 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 28, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    …I met a man who wasn’t there……

    The only thing that’s changed is its now official that he doesn’t play for anyone.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Tsunki, it’s a sad situation for the lad, but I think we’d be better off releasing him in the Summer and letting him look for a club. He obviously hasn’t made the progress Rafa hoped he would since he knew him at Palermo

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 28, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3


    Thanks for that. Hence the terry pratchet references. I dismissed the notion of him believing that as surely he was jesting.

    Not sure how to respond to those theories tbh apart from….clearly delusional lol.

    I think we should all show beefman some form of support i.e the straight jacket is actually quite comfortable once on.


    If your out there bud, we’re here for you. Wow.

  • Black'n'White'n'BroonAllOver

    Feb 28, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m all for it, Average. Far more entertaining than the tired old arguments about politics. And anything that turns the blog all Pratchetty must be encouraged in my view.

    And the flat earth idea is one thing, but I’m desperate to hear more about the science of it, sounded amazing. All highly empirical stuff about Suns and Moons and electro magnetic fields.

    Only got a taster of such delicious lunacy but I’m hooked and I want more!

  • Toon XI

    Feb 28, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m certainly not defending Ashley, but he must be frustrated to see good money pissed away on Slimani. It was a crucial signing and we take in a crock who is looking more and more like he has zero interest in putting in an effort for NUFC. Ashley would have been better off spending more to get a proper player in the end. The whole situation is a mess.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Quite obviously Rafa doesn’t like Mitro and quite obviously his wages were freed up to make room for Slimani but with hindsight we would have been far better to have kept Mitro than to loan a lame Slimani. I’m sure Mitro could have been used in an emergency.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7


    Lovely picture of the Town Moor, but where are the Hoppings?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    I might be a loony, or then again possibly not. 🙂

    This report is from 2016

    In a note to clients out Tuesday, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said there’s a 20%-50% chance that we’re living in the matrix — meaning that the world we experience as “real” is actually just a simulation.

    The firm cites comments from Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Nick Bostrom’s seminal paper on the issue as the basis for its 20%-50% view.
    Here’s BAML (emphasis added):

    “Many scientists, philosophers, and business leaders believe that there is a 20-50% probability that humans are already living in a computer-simulated virtual world. In April 2016, researchers gathered at the American Museum of Natural History to debate this notion. The argument is that we are already approaching photorealistic 3D simulations that millions of people can simultaneously participate in. It is conceivable that with advancements in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and computing power, members of future civilizations could have decided to run a simulation of their ancestors.”

    I would like to add that I’m a skeptic but am prepared to accept that there other possibility’s out there.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    I wonder whether Lazar would be any good as a striker?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Just to add to the madness, what if these descendants of ours running us as a computer simulation are themselves part of another computer simulation being ran by their descendants.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Somebody mentioned a straight jacket earlier on.
    Got me thinking – the blog should have a weekly or fortnightly “Straight Jacket” award for the poster who demonstrates idiocy or other such similar behaviours.
    Couple on here already in a neck and neck race for the inaugural award.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Mr Tuff

    Am I in the running?

    Be nice to actually win something. 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #14

    At times Rafa’s use of resources is patchy at best. Lazaar was a shocking buy and Mitro surely could have got more chances, given how he influenced the west brom game, yet rafa persisted with Agadoo . NO matter what system rafa purports to use, or what the question is, I’m not sure Agadoo is an answer. Mitro played in the champions league and looks good for Serbia – as more than a target man by the way.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #15

    If we’re living in the matrix, when I am going to be introduced to the girl in the red dress?

    Also, can we ask a hacker to get Messi at the Toon? I’m sure no-one would notice

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Wouldn’t be fair to everyone else when the blog’s beloved dwarf pony and main attraction Lil Sebastian takes home the award each fortnight 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Betsy…do remember I wish you health and happiness pal! And I hope one day the trajectory of your life nears an event horizon 😀

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Sledge will be moving off soon!! 🙂

  • Mag52

    Feb 28, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #19

    If anyone is living in a matrix limbo land it has to be Achraf Lazar.
    I wonder how many billions of years he takes to get it sorted.

  • martoon

    Feb 28, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #20

    If we are living in a computer simulation then why on earth would anybody have included the makems in it? :mrgreen:

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 28, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #21

    BettySwallocks #10
    Don’t need for Viagra in this weather, no problem keeping it stiff.


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