Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce says Newcastle loanee Achraf Lazaar ‘looks a good player’ in training – believing he will be a ‘good acquisition’ following his deadline day arrival at Hillsborough.
The Moroccan is yet to feature for the Owls, with him likely to be lacking match fitness after a long absence from competitive football, but it sounds like Burce has liked what he’s seen of him in training.
Here’s what the ex-Sunderland boss had to say when watching the Newcastle outcast train for the first time:
“He looked a good player,”
“Newcastle bought him for £5-£6m two years ago and he has not really had a look in.
“He will be a good acquisition for us.”
He’s not the only one who appears to have been impressed by what he’s seen so far either.
The Sheffield Star’s Dom Howson has raved about the left-back after watching him for the first time during his U-23 outing against Sheffield Utd last night – a game that included a goal from fellow NUFC loanee Rolando Aarons.
Howson described Lazaar as looking ‘very quick’, stating he put in an ‘accomplished display at left-back’ in his post-match report of Sheffield Wednesday’s U-23 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Here’s a clip of him smashing the post from 30 yards out last night:
Interestingly, his piece also praised Rolando Aarons, with him suggesting that both he and Lazaar have now staked a claim to get into Steve Bruce’s starting 11 for their home game with Swansea this weekend.
Considering both don’t appear to have a future at Newcastle, let’s hope both can impress so we can at least recoup some sort of fee for them this summer.