As reported by the Chronicle, Rafa Benitez is rumoured to want game time for Newcastle fullback Achraf Lazaar.
The Moroccan has struggled to get playing time since his summer arrival from Palermo and has been omitted from his country’s squad for the African Cup of Nations, but Benitez is clearly expecting Lazaar’s luck to turn soon.
When asked about the possibility of playing Lazaar at wingback, as he did in the third round of the FA Cup, Benitez said: “He can be fine in this position,”
“Match fitness you can only get from playing games and when you have that it’s really good for the tempo.”
However, Benitez went on to add: “Over the next few games maybe it can help them, and hopefully the team too.”
Naturally if Lazaar was to feature in the next few games, as Benitez has said, it would be Paul Dummett who may finally be given a rest.