Achraf Lazaar almost certainly has no future at Newcastle. The Moroccan who was signed in the summer of 2016 has made only 10 appearances since joining Newcastle.
In fact, he has also only made 15 appearances in his 3 loan spells.
Lazaar is currently on loan at Serie B side Cosenza where has played only a total of 83 minutes over 2 appearances.
Sport Witness have published some comments Lazaar made in the Italian press in which he basically closes the curtain on playing in England again.
This is what the 27-year-old had to say about his future:
“Staying at Newcastle would have been like finishing my football career. I would have only been thinking of money, and my parents taught me that a career comes before money. Football is my life.
“I want to come back as big as I was before going to Newcastle.
“My agent De Fanti, as well as my mental coach Civitarese, were very close to me in a delicate period and together we chose Cosenza. I was one of the leaders at Palermo and ended up on the bench at Newcastle: it’s not easy, especially mentally.
“Last year I played six months at Sheffield (Wednesday), I wanted to go back to Italy, at home, so I chose Cosenza.
“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone in England. I want to be the best for myself. I want to stay in Italy. Italy raised me, made me feel important. The English experience made me become a man.”
His contract with Newcastle will still have another year to run when he returns from his latest loan spell.
With him having trouble getting on the pitch for Cosenza, it is highly unlikely that Newcastle will be able to sell the 27-year-old in the summer. Unless he can drastically change his fortunes in Italy.
This will mean that Newcastle will be right back where they have been for the past few years with Lazaar. A senior player on the books who is nowhere near good enough for the Premier League.