There has been a relative flurry of late activity in terms of Newcastle moving players out but Achraf Lazaar may not after all, be one of them.

Rafa Benitez has been desperate for a new left-back all summer and that was before Paul Dummett was ruled out until November, as revealed by the Chronicle.

Chancel Mbemba and Ciaran Clark have been playing out of position as emergency left-backs, as Rafa totally sidelined both Lazaar and Massadio Haidara from his Premier League squad.

Many names have been mentioned as left-back signings and earlier today it sounded as though they were in the process of landing one, with Southampton approached for Matt Targett.

However, George Caulkin of The Times says the deal now looks off because Newcastle won’t pay the loan fee the Saints are asking for.

This has apparently has a bizarre knock-on effect, with reports from Italy now claiming that due to not being able to bring in a new left-back, Newcastle have now changed their mind and want to keep Achraf Lazaar!

On the weekend when Newcastle played Huddersfield, Rafa Benitez allowed Lazaar to go and meet his agents in Milan, so he could find a new club.

This led to widespread reports that the Moroccan international would be joining Serie A newcomers Benevento for the season.

However, both Sky Sports in Italy (Gianluca de Marzio) and Calciomercato are reporting Newcastle’s claimed change of heart, in wanting to now keep Achraf Lazaar.

To further complicate matters, they both also report that whilst Newcastle may have changed their mind, the player is still determined to leave St James Park.

Achraf Lazaar was given an outing against Forest last week but his substitute appearance came as Rafa Benitez protected all of his first choice players, with only Chancel Mbemba staying in from the side that lost at Huddersfield.

Very hard to believe that Rafa Benitez would see any value of keeping hold of Lazaar, no matter whether or not a new left-back is signed, as he only gave him 36 minutes of Championship football and not a single start last season.

As always, never rule anything out at Newcastle United.



  • TwinFire

    I would take a lot of today’s news with a pinch of salt…

  • superalansuddick

    All this last day scratching about, Penfold and the fat toad need stringing up by the gonads.

  • Jimblag23

    That must mean we’ve failed in our attempts to get a left back.
    What a surprise 😱

  • anyobrien

    We are embarrassing……. My God what a ship tripod a club.

  • Scooter

    so is Rafa in charge of transfers, i think not

    • Paul Busby

      Yeah clearly not.

      • Jezza

        Rafa has clearly got no more say in the club’s transfer policy than us fans have got.

        • Paul Busby

          At least we can criticise the situation without the goons turning up at our door I suppose.

  • anyobrien

    If I was rafa I’d be off… Can’t blame the bloke

    • Lhc

      Personally I think Rafa is pulling the strings on this one maybe hard for you to imagine! I think there is no real plan and never has been on recruitment where winging it once again! The club is a mess and will be for a long time yet. Rafa sends colback to train with the youth team, totally disrespectful then if what I read is correct because of injury has audacity to ask him to come back and train with the first team. Same old same old no plan!!

  • Dave Mitchison

    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 no seriously 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 prats

  • Toonarden

    What a bl****y shambles!
    Can’t believe this is all done with Rafa’s permission.
    The club is becoming a joke. Just how low can Ashley go?

    • Rob Brown

      Ahhh! So its Ashley’s fault!

      • Kneebotherm8

        Yes,Ashleys the one holding the purse strings,and the puppet strings attached to Charnley.

        • Lhc

          Didn’t people used to call pardew mclaren etc as the puppet, Is it now charnley these days

          • Jezza

            That’s the way arrogant bully boy businessman like Ashley operate. They purposefully surround themselves with puppets, yes men, boot lickers.

          • Lhc

            Yes I agree but my point was the majority called they above ‘puppets’ the manager at the time but exactly what happened to them is happening to Rafa on a worse scale, but now charnley is the puppet do you get what I am saying? Fans are a thickle bunch personally I was never one who hounded pardew mclaren etc.

          • Paul Busby

            I think the major difference is that the other managers were incompetent also. The squad during Pardew’s time could have delivered so much more, the same for McClaren.
            We at least know that Rafa isn’t incompetent, just surrounded by Mashley’s sycophants.

          • Lhc

            The squad during pardew’s reign delivered 5th and narrowly missed out on champions league playoff place!

          • Paul Busby

            yeah but thats the outlier in the trend.

          • Lhc

            Let’s see what Rafa delivers eh if he stays long enough

          • Paul Busby

            If he can raise the standard of play of this bargain basement bunch of misfits to the level where we comfortably survive, he has already proved himself a better manager than anyone since SBR

          • Kneebotherm8

            Difference between Pardew/McLaren and Rafa is that they took it lying down whereas there is obvious dissent from Rafa. Charnley,by the way,is,and always has been,a puppet whoever the manager at the club has been.

          • Kneebotherm8

            They were called puppets because they were puppets,you don’t survive under Ashley otherwise. Rafa,I fear,won’t stay too long under these conditions,he’ll be gone.

  • Desree

    There is no chance i am getting up a 2am to watch this shower on a sunday

  • Alan Pardew

    We have to be careful, if one goes out then one needs to come in…

  • phil

    If this is true its embarrassing.

  • Leicester Mag

    About sums it up. We are a sick joke. What does it take to see this heinous regime cares nothing for anything other than using the ground as a giant advertising hoarding? Every positive immediately countered with deliberate intent by a conscious negative. You are being played by a malignant bully, today, yesterday and in the future.

  • Andy Mac

    The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Danimal

    He’s like a new signing!

  • Tino o

    The problem is some people get over excited and think Ashley at some point will show some ambition for the club,buy up season tickets and are taken for mug’s year after year.Over 10 years now!! Get the message!! This club will totally collapse when Rafa goes and we won’t have to wait long for that Ashley out !!! Joke club!!

  • mactoon

    The lad is making the right choice. He has been pushed out, sidelined and made available for transfer to try and get a pittance of funds to bring in a new player. Now we haven’t got a new player in line we say please don’t go. It reminds me of when Sir Les got a call when Shearer got injured, Please come back

    This club is run by a bunch of idiots