The Chronicle have an interview with left-back Achraf Lazaar who will be looking to resurrect his career at Newcastle.
Things have certainly not gone well for the Moroccan since moving to Newcastle three years ago now from Italian side Palermo.
He was a player that Rafa Benitez just did not seem to have faith in and he will be hoping to get an opportunity under Steve Bruce.
Achraf Lazaar– had a rough time against Wolves
Lazaar was on loan at Sheffield Wednesday under Steve Bruce the second half of last season. Though he ended up making only four appearances at Hillsborough.
This loan spell came after a disastrous one at Benevento when the Italian club left him out of their 25 man squad for the second half of the season to make room for former Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna.
Lazaar seems like a very gregarious individual and he’s always just smiling away. However, he just has not played much football in the past three years.
When Rafa Benitez makes his mind up about a player, he rarely changes it. It’s happened to a few players who have returned and will hope to feature more under Steve Bruce.
Players like Henri Saivet, Jack Colback, and Rolando Aarons will all be pushing to make this Newcastle squad. However, they just may not be good enough for the Premier League.
This is what Achraf has said to Lee Ryder earlier:
“Before I was thinking it was one big drama for me, because I never thought it would happen to me – not playing, being in a big team and then put outside of the team.
“But I got a big experience, and I went to Sheffield Wednesday.
“They helped my career, they helped me a lot. I got my confidence.
“I got everything I needed to have. I’m back here and I’m going to give everything and work hard every single day and we will see what will happen.
“Before I went to Sheffield Wednesday I talked about him with my team-mates in Morocco and some team-mates in England. They talked so good about him.
“He’s helped a lot of people. He’s a great manager.
“I’m so happy to see him again and work with him, because I think he was one of the people who helped me a lot.
“I’m happy he signed for the club.
“I can’t wait to see him and to work again with him. We will see.”
Our hope is that Lazaar can be a decent squad player for Newcastle next season however we do have our doubts.
He just does not seem to be Premier League quality, though we will be more than happy to be proven wrong.