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Former International Player Showing Real Courage At Newcastle

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.

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16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    I can well imagine they were, but as Jib isn’t quite sure whether his first game was in the 50’s 60’s or hooligan marred 70’s and 80’s i don’t think he was referring to that.

  • Mag52

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Achraf, it’ll be like having a new signing.

  • JohnJ

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Good Luck to the lad – I hope he gets fixed up!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4


    How’s life, you seem a bit sick lad, understandable of course when it’s Nufc related

  • Rebecca

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail for Ashley totally lacks self awareness. You need to know yourself and not blame everyone else for your constant troubles and moods.

    Jail could limbo dance under a snakes belly. Whilst wearing a top hat and high heel shoes. While on a pogo stick.

    Seeing that he’s still the blog gobshite I couldn’t resist.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    OP ,
    Life in general’s good. But this footin circus unnecessarily surrounding us again is hard to stomach.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Hello carl, You’ve decided to be a woman today.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8


    Speaking of snakes, it’s funny you only pop up to have a go at jail.

    How’s your other aliases doing this fine morning?

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9


    I think the uncertainty and the usual suspects plus the PR BS is getting to everyone.

    It’s reflected in the amount of posts and posters on the blog at the minute

    The only light at the end of the tunnel is the magpie group, so glad these lads joined the battle.


    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Lets hope that the lads this weekend,put out a performance like they did against man utd(despite the result) and not the leicester performance as that was bloody painful to watch tbh…really need a result for confidence as well as the valuable points.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    According to our local MP Alan Shearer is on board, he needs to be more vocal. Would be good if he was at a meeting.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail, without wishing to contradict you and therefore receive a mouthful, I wonder if Shearer’s contract at the BBC will stop him from being involved in ‘political’ causes.

    It’s one thing slagging Ashley off on MOTD, another attending anti-Ashley rallies, it may be against the BBC’s impartiality rules.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13


    At the 1st Magpie group they mentioned there was ex players on board, due to contractual restraints it may not be possible for them to speak up. What did Shearer have to sign when he managed the club?

    I agree though, the magpie group should have a badge or pin, so others who may not be able to be as vocal as they like can show their support.

  • Just a fan

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Jim iley was highly rated by some as was Dave Hillary but I wasn’t a big fan of either .Trevor hockey was my first”hero”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    One of the rare times I was in the Leazes end it was against Fulham on Duffs return, we were right down at the corner flag. When he came up to take a corner I shouted “Duffer” he turned round and I then shouted “potato” in a daft Irish accent. You had to be there at the time

  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Wonder where JIB went ?

    You think he cross dresses ?


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