Magpies managing director Lee Charnley must look to sell Achraf Lazaar in the summer transfer window, after a torrid campaign on loan with Cosenza Calcio for the former Turkey international.
Morocco international returned to Italy last summer after finding himself left out of Steve Bruce’s first 25-man PL squad, and headed for the Serie B but found regular action had to come by before Prime minister Giuseppe Conte postponed all sporting events in the country.
Cosenza manager Giuseppe Pillon has just entrusted Lazaar with starting four of a possible 14 league matches this term, with the 17-cap left-back also ruled out for ten games from September to December after sustaining a thigh muscle strain.
Lazaar would face an even slimmer opportunity of earning minutes at St. James’ Park were he to come back in the summer, even though we currently do not have a recognised full-back of our own with Danny Rose only on loan.
Across his Italian second-tier appearances, Achraf has been involved in only the one goal, which he scored in a 2-1 defeat to Pordenone Calcio in December, having seen the two big chances he created go to waste. Achraf will have one year remaining on his £9, a 000-per-week deal comes to the end of the current season.