Newcastle United defender Achraf Lazaar has described his time at St. James’ Park so far as a catastrophe.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez certainly made a number of good signings last summer but his decision to sign Achraf Lazaar from Palermo has left many perplexed.
Lazaar was signed on a five-year deal by Newcastle but he was afforded a total of only 36 minutes of Championship action following his arrival and it is now clear to see that Benitez has made the 25-year-old available for a transfer this summer.
A move back to Italy with Genoa or Bologna has been seen as a possibility for Lazaar but the full-back will surely be considered as one of the worst signings Newcastle have made in recent times, which is certainly not an easy list to get into considering their poor record over the years.
Lazaar has recently been speaking to the Chronicle regarding his time at Newcastle and has bluntly admitted that the move to England has proven to be a catastrophe for him.
He said, “For me it’s been a catastrophe. I have never felt like this in my life, but football can be like that. Some years you feel very good and think you are the best. Then you go down a level like I have in the last year. It’s important that you never give up and keep working every day.
“Your objective and your focus is on your future and that’s what I am focused on. I want to do something good and not have another chance.”