Achraf Lazaar secured a loan move to Serie A side Benevento on deadline day and described the move as ‘ending his nightmare’ at Newcastle. If his debut for the Italian club over the weekend wass anything to go by however, his bad dream hasn’t ended just yet.
The Moroccan came into the side on Sunday for his first start at his new club, who faced a tough trip away to Napoli. Not only did his side fall to a humiliating 6-0 defeat, being 4-0 down after just half an hour, Lazaar was slated in the Italian media for his display.
In a post match report, Il Mattino said the following about Lazaar’s performance after giving him a rating of just 4.5 out of 10:
“The Moroccan international (on loan from Newcastle) from Casablanca made his first start after playing the last 24 minutes against Torino.
“At first he seemed lively and tried with some crosses, but nothing came of them.
“He barely tracked Hysaj (Napoli’s wing back) which created problems for the left side of his team.
“Then disappeared as the minutes went by.”
The former Palermo full-back wondered why he was handed so few chances to shine at Newcastle, but talk of him ‘disappearing’ and failing to track back perhaps show just why.
Lazaar recently spoke of his love for Newcastle, suggesting he could yet return following his year back in Italy however performances like these will do little for his chances of being handed a second chance by Benitez.