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Magpie Admits He Is Still Adjusting To Wing-Back Role

We’ve been impressed with how open and accessible Valentino Lazaro has been since joining Newcastle. That’s especially the case after the disappointing defeat at Arsenal on Sunday.

Straight after the match, Lazaro came out and apologized about the second-half performance. It showed a lot of maturity and leadership from a player who had just joined the club three weeks earlier.

Today the Shields Gazette have published an interview with Valentino. He again is very forthright in his assessment of his performance.

This is some of what the 23-year-old had to say:

“First half, I felt very good and confident on the pitch. I had a lot of ways forward, and also with the set-pieces. We had some chances to score.

“For my first start, I was really happy with the first half. Second half, after those two quick goals, we fell apart. Unfortunately, for the second goal, he gets the ball between my feet, and that was very unlucky.

“It’s a position I’ve played over the last maybe two years. I’m adjusting to that. You can see that I’m a winger, and my strengths are in attack. I’m trying to learn more and more defensively.

“I’m trying to learn more there. With team-mates like this who help me out, it’s a lot easier.”

Lazaro showed the quality he has going forward on Sunday. He was a dynamic force down the flank who created a few chances.

We thought he played well defensively in the first half. However, he was targeted in the second and made a few mistakes that led to goals.

With Bruce ruling out playing four at the back, he’ll have a tough task getting Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Valentino Lazaro on the pitch together without playing Lazaro at wing-back.

The Austrian does seem to prefer playing further forward but may have to settle for the wing-back role. It was just his first Premier League start, so he’ll get more comfortable the more he plays.

We would love to see Almiron playing through the middle with Saint-Maximin and Lazaro on either wing. That could be something Bruce transitions to on occasion when we’re pushing for a goal late in games.

13 comments so far

  • #cans

    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Lazzarro looks good going forward and I’d rather see him as a winger , he’s basically the opposite of dummett, good going forward but not so great defensively

  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Cans …

    agree with you mate , if they play him as a winger who they gonna drop though . give miggy a rest ?

  • #cans

    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Or something like a 4-4-2 ( I know old fashioned but maybe …
    Manquillo Fernandez lascelles rose
    Lazzarro Shelvey Bentalab Ritchie
    Miggy ASM

    Drop Linton who is basically offering nothing anyway

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    The more new recruits that are added to the squad the more wor Brucey will become confused as to what his best eleven or tactics should be.
    The further we are drifting away from Rafa’s tried and tested methods the more we will flounder under SB’s haphazard style of management.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    If I see just one slice of diesel cheesecake being served or the recipe being published my lawyers will be all over it like a Home Bargains garden sun canopy. Be warned. 🙂

  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    how long is Manquillo out for anyone know ?…

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    When do you think they’ll put that statue up of Cabbage Heed up outside the ground ?

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    RIP Charles Portis (author of “True Grit”)

  • #cans

    Feb 18, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    I thought manquillo and Shelvey are back in training …possibly not ready for this weekend though

  • #cans

    Feb 18, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Shelvey may be back this weekend and Manquillo next week according to physioroom

  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Cans …

    cheers for that mate …

  • IrishRob

    Feb 18, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    He is very good defensively the first half alone was more than enough evidence of that. He is in a brand new team, in a brand new league and a brand new environment.

    Once he adjusts and starts listening to other defenders around him, and keeps his concentration up he will be a fine Wing back.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 18, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Was just about to say same Rob. He tracked and tackled well first half but some of the neggars won’t give credit for anything


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