NUFC duo banished to the reserves by Rafa Benitez on the first day of pre-season training

As confirmed by the Chronicle, Rafa Benitez has relegated both Jack Colback and Achraf Lazaar to reserve team training following the players return to pre-season yesterday. 

Colback clearly doesn’t see eye to eye with Rafa, with the ex-Sunderland midfielder told to train with the youngsters for the first half of last season (prior to his move to Forest), however Lazaar is slight surprise.

The left-back was signed by Benitez two years ago and it sounded like he was going to be given one last chance to impress this summer following a disastrous loan spell at Benevento last season – but that now appears to be unlikely.

With youngsters Sean Longstaff and Cal Roberts promoted to first-team training, it’s fair to say the futures of Lazaar and Colback look bleak at best.

The former may just get a chance to impress if we don’t sign a left-back and/or places open up in Rafa’s first-team squad, but I really can’t see Colback playing in a Newcastle shirt again.

He’ll most likely return to Forest – although they may have trouble matching the £40,000 per-week he’s apparently picking up at Newcastle.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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