Achraf Lazaar has revealed his bemusement over his exclusion at Newcastle, believing it’s our loss as he edges closer to a much needed move away.
For a player who has never been fancied by our last two managers and only been able to land moves to Serie B (the second tier of Italian football) in recent years, he speaks very confidently about his ability!
He states that “everyone” knows what a good player he is and that whoever gets him has done well, confirming that he’s now “negotiating” a move away from Newcastle after being left out of Bruce’s pre-season plans.
Here’s what he told Italian outlet Tutto Mercato when asked if he will leave Newcastle for good in the coming weeks:
“We are negotiating”,
“They are a team that have not valued me as I deserved and I don’t think the will this year.
“I feel ready, fit, ready to play.
“It will be my year.
“And whoever gets me has got bingo, because I am charged and motivated.
“And everyone knows what a player I am”,
“I do not know [why I did not get chances]. Really.
“Certainly not for technical reasons, I have always been 100 per cent professional.
“Maybe in the first games I had to adapt, but thanks to this experience I have matured.”
So, it seems the forgotten man is set to end his hapless four year stay at the club this summer with just 10 appearances to his name in a black and white shirt.
He has made just 22 appearances across 3 loan spells away, most recently playing for Cosenza in Serie B, yet he remains convinced he has a lot to offer and baffled as to why nor Benitez or Bruce gave him a chance.
He’s certainly not pleased with the treatment he’s received on Tyneside and doesn’t lack confidence in his own ability. For someone who claims to be so capable, he’s clearly not showing it.
The Moroccan has been told to stay away from first-team training by all accounts, joining Rolando Aarons on the transfer list and searching for a new club.
Lazaar still has a year left on his £35,000 per week contract – a mammoth financial burden considering his lack of output. It’s no wonder that the club are looking to get him off the books.