The January transfer window is coming up, and for a number of Newcastle players, that means a potential opportunity to go out on loan to get some first team games.
One of those players is Moroccan International Achraf Lazaar who has had a difficult time at Newcastle since he signed for us in August two years ago.
Achraf has seen very little playing time since then, and in fact, he has appeared only 10 times for the first team.
Achraf almost went on loan to Genoa in the summer, but the Italian club changed their mind at the last moment.
It’s been a difficult time for the 26-year-old at Newcastle, but to his credit, he has hunkered down training with the U23 squad this season away from the first team.
Achraf Lazaar – has had a difficult time at Newcastle
During the International break, he has been back with the first team to make up the numbers for training.
This what the Moroccan International has said to TuttoMercato:
“I’m training hard and I also do some training to be ready and fit.”
“I’m honest: I signed for Newcastle and I expect to be taken into consideration.”
“But football is like that, something wrong can happen. But you must continue to do your job by respecting the choices. Do not give up.”
“Then in January if a call comes in I have to be ready.”
Rafa was keen to bring Lazaar into the club, but the left-back has never made it at Newcastle.
And even now, when left-back Paul Dummett is probably out for our next game at Burnley – it doesn’t look like he’s being considered as a replacement by the manager.
Lazaar was signed on a five-year deal so he’s about halfway through his deal at the Magpies.