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‘Sources’ say Valentino Lazaro interested in signing for Newcastle United

2 weeks ago
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Some strange claims on Sunday morning regarding Valentino Lazaro and Newcastle United.

The Austrian winger who saw his Euro 2020 dream end last night with Italy winning 2-1 in extra-time.

Valentino Lazaro played no part in last night’s defeat, indeed only getting 20 minutes in the tournament finals overall, when coming on a sub in the 2-0 group match defeat to Holland.

Anyway, now the Inter player must turn his attention to club football once again and finding a new club.

A £20m signing as a 23 year old from Hertha Berlin in summer 2019, Valentino Lazaro has lost his way since and has made only 20 league starts these past two years, for three different clubs.

Inter only giving the new signing three Serie A starts before loaning him to Newcastle in January 2020, NUFC fighting off competition from a lot of clubs to take the Austrian international on loan (including Leipzig who were going for the Bundesliga title), yet Steve Bruce only started him four times in the Premier League.

A slightly better season in 2020/21 on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach with 22 Bundesliga appearances but only 13 of them as a starter.

On Sunday morning, rather bizarrely, the Chronicle state that their ‘sources’ have told them that Valentino Lazaro is interested in coming back to Newcastle United for another try.

Inter want to sell him ideally but the Chronicle say their information is that failing that, the Serie A club are prepared to do a loan deal with an option to make the deal permanent.

That is of course what the situation was in 2020, Newcastle having Valentino Lazaro on loan with a clause giving them a buying option at the end of that season. It was the same with Nabil Bentaleb in the second half of that 2019/20 season, Newcastle United though not exercising either buying option.

It was all really strange the Lazaro deal and definitely appeared to point to somebody other than Steve Bruce making the decisions on signings. Newcastle doing well to bring in the in demand winger and then Steve Bruce only starting him four times in the league, two as a right-back and the other two games also having to effectively play as an extra defender in tough games against Liverpool and Man City.

Indeed, after the 2019/20 season eventually ended and with it, Lazaro’s loan spell at Newcastle United, the player’s agent Max Hagmayr questioned Steve Bruce’s treatment of Valentino Lazaro.

The agent saying it was a mystery as to why Bruce refused to play the winger, after Newcastle successfully signed him on loan in January despite competition from other clubs.

When signing, Valentino Lazaro himself said a big reason for choosing Newcastle United was to get regular first team football, turning down Leipzig primarily, because they were competing at the time for both the the Bundesliga and Champions League and so no guarantee of much game time.

FCInterNews interview with Max Hagmayr, agent of Valentino Lazaro – 20 August 2020:

“After the difficulties of the last six months in England [at Newcastle United] post-Covid, it was important for me to find a new experience for the boy where he could have perspective.

“Spanish, Italian and other German teams were interested but we are convinced that Borussia Monchengladbach is the right club for Lazaro.”

Do you know what went wrong at Newcastle?

“When he arrived he was in the team.

“In the post-coronavirus, no.

“We do not know the reasons for this, nor why he no longer played frequently.

“From there we made our decision, we chose a new adventure.”

Steve Bruce’s treatment of Valentino Lazaro made no sense. Bruce admitting that at Newcastle they knew they were safe from relegation after beating Southampton (7 March 2020) pre-lockdown. It was clear Valentino Lazaro has ability going forward and the big question was could he do it in the Premier League and earn a permanent deal at Newcastle, yet Steve Bruce only played him as a starter twice after restart and they were against Man City and Liverpool, two games where he was guaranteed to have to defend the entire game.

Bruce admitted Newcastle were safe so why not play Valentino Lazaro as a winger against the likes of Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Watford and Brighton? Give him a proper go and see what he could do? Instead, in those four games Lazaro only got 16 minutes in total as a sub.

My feeling is, that Steve Bruce didn’t have a clue where and how to play Valentino Lazaro, which begs the question of who decided to sign the winger?

Valentino Lazaro has clearly got ability as an attacking player and needs to find somewhere to play regularly and use him in the best possible way.

Mike Ashley isn’t allowing any kind of a realistic budget and with a big reliance on free transfers and loan deals this summer, in desperation, both Newcastle United and Valentino Lazaro could just possibly give this another chance. A loan deal with no commitment to buy and a low (or zero) loan fee, could be the kind of deal Ashley will favour.

Stranger things than this have happened before at Newcastle United.

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