Achraf Lazaar’s latest spell in Italy hasn’t gone to plan so far, but the NUFC loanee marked his Cosenza comeback with a stunning strike from 35-yards on Sunday.
The forgotten left-back completed a last-ditch loan move to the Serie B side in September, but has only appeared three times for the club so far, with injury forcing to miss all their games across October and November.
He made his long-awaited comeback at Pordeone on Sunday, albeit via a late substitute appearance, but made an immediate impact, scoring from distance just TWO minutes after entering the field:
The goal halved the deficit in the 74th minute, but his side failed to find an equaliser and lost the game 2-1 in the Stadio San Vito-Gigi Marulla.
An impressive strike from range, yet the fact he’s almost half way into his latest loan spell and has played just 101 minutes so far will do little to convince those on Tyneside he’s fit and ready to fight for a first-team place under Steve Bruce.
The current NUFC boss actually brought him to Sheffield Wednesday this time last year. From what I read on social media, many Owls fans were impressed by what they saw from the Moroccan, but it seems he didn’t do enough to impress Bruce over pre-season.
Hopefully he can stay injury free and get minutes under his belt, but it doesn’t feel like he has any future on Tyneside – even if his current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2021.