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Sheffield Wednesday welcome Newcastle United duo for Championship challenge

2 years ago
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Sheffield Wednesday have given new manager Steve Bruce three late signings for these last 18 games of their Championship season.

As well as buying defender Dominic Iorfa from Wolves, the Owls also swooped in the final minutes of Thursday’s deadline to take Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons on loan.

It is the worst kept secret that neither player has a future under Rafa Benitez at St James Park.

So here’s hoping for the benefit of all parties that the Newcastle pair find the motivation to step it up at Hillsborough.

With 18 games still to go, Sheffield Wednesday find themselves in no-man’s land, 11 points off the play-off spots and the same distance to the relegation places.

Steve Bruce and his new signings have the chance of a perfect start on Saturday, as they play rock bottom Ipswich away from home.

As usual, most teams in the second tier look much of a muchness, so no reason why the likes of Sheffield Wednesday couldn’t feasibly put a bit of a run together.

Sheffield Wednesday Official Announcements:

Achraf Lazaar:

‘The Owls have completed the loan signing of Achraf Lazaar from Premier League Newcastle.

The left-sided Moroccan international joins Wednesday until the end of the season.

Lazaar can operate as a left winger or left back and arrives at Hillsborough with Magpies consort Rolando Aarons.

Lazaar began his career with Varese in Italy before joining Serie A side Palermo in 2014.

The 27-year-old moved to Tyneside in August 2016, featuring ten times as Newcastle lifted the Championship trophy.

He spent last season back in Italy, on loan with top flight side Benevento before returning to St James’ Park.

Lazaar has also featured on the international stage having been capped on 17 occasions for Morocco.’

Rolando Aarons:

‘Wednesday have signed Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons on loan until the end of the season.

Aarons becomes new manager Steve Bruce’s second signing, joining Dominic Iorfa at Hillsborough.

The 23-year-old made his professional debut for the Magpies against Manchester City in the Premier League during the 2014/15 season.

His first goal came just two games later as Newcastle played out a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace at St James’ Park.

The pacey wideman enjoyed a six-month loan spell with Serie A side Verona in 2017/18 before joining Slovan Liberec on a temporary move to the Czech Republic top flight at the start of the current campaign.

Aarons, who has represented England on the international stage at Under-20 level, returned to Newcastle at the beginning of January and joins the Owls on transfer deadline day.’

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