Rolando Aarons scores and Achraf Lazaar hits post as Newcastle pair help Sheffield Wednesday to derby reserve win
Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has plenty to think about ahead of Saturday.
The Owls are home to Swansea and he now has some interesting selection choices.
Newcastle pair Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons haven’t had the best of loan spells so far.
Aarons getting only 44 minutes off the bench as he has been named amongst the substitutes in four Championship games, whilst Lazaar hasn’t seen any action so far and has been an unused sub three times.
However, Tuesday night saw them both get a start, albeit for the Sheffield Wednesday reserve side.
On a positive note though, it was a local derby against Sheffield United with both clubs putting strong sides out.
Rolando Aarons setting them on their way to a comfortable 2-0 victory, shooting into the top corner, the winger playing 69 minutes before being subbed.
Meanwhile, Achraf Lazaar played the opening 74 minutes before making way, he was described as putting in an ‘accomplished display’ at left-back, almost getting a spectacular goal to top it off, his 30 yard effort coming back off the woodwork.
Fair to say the two of them don’t have a future at Newcastle United and with both of them still having over two years left on their contracts, desperately need first team football to help get a move elsewhere on a permanent basis.
With Steve Bruce electing to have both of them subbed last night rather than play out the whole game, it could indicate he is ready to give them their first starts in the senior team.
Interesting to see if either/both can use this as a starting point if getting the opportunity.
The Sheffield Star:
‘The Owls, who lost the reverse fixture 2-1 last November, went ahead just before the half hour mark, with Aarons latching on a fine through ball from Grant before rifling a shot into the top corner.
‘Things could have got even better for Wednesday in the 36th minute when Aarons squared to Winnall in the penalty area. The centre-forward opted to shoot instead of slipping in the unmarked Grant and his effort on the turn was easily blocked.
‘Lazaar, who put in an accomplished display at left-back, almost grabbed a third just before the hour mark. He let fly from 30 yards but his audacious strike struck the righthand post and bounced to safety.’
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