It’s been a tough two years for Achraf Lazaar at Newcastle, and he was brought in from Palermo during the summer of 2016 to challenge Paul Dummett for the left back spot.
Achraf can also play wing-back, and on the left-wing, but for whatever reason, it just hasn’t worked out for the 26-year-old.
And even when on loan at Benevento Calcio last season he lost his squad position in January and was unable to play in the second half of the season.
Now, he’s been relegated to the U23 squad at Newcastle, but he’s come to terms with it all, and he is still upbeat and trying hard to improve his game with the youngsters.
Rafa went to watch him play for the U23s recently, and the Reserves have had an upturn of fortunes recently, and Ben Dawson is now being assisted by former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn.
Achraf Lazaar showing real courage at Newcastle
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“I was there to watch everyone.” “But it is a positive for him to want to be involved with the U23s.”
“It is something that we will keep an eye on.”
“For us it is important to know what all of our players are doing.”
“I have met Neil to say hello.” “I have not seen them training yet.”
“But I give credit to Ben Dawson for recent results and he is in charge.”
Achraf almost went on loan to Genoa in August, but they seemed to change their minds at the last minute.
That would have seen the 17 times capped Moroccan International return to the Italian League on loan.
And the Italian club seem to be picking up their interest again in Lazaar for a possible loan move in January.
For the sake of the player, we hope that happens.
You judge a person’s character in the tough times, and Achraf is showing up well and we hope the lad can get a loan move to some decent club in January.
What do you think?