By Danny Wright
Serie A side Benevento have confirmed the signing of left-back Achraf Lazaar from Newcastle.
The Italian club announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Thursday that Lazaar, 25, had agreed terms to join them on loan, leaving Rafa Benitez without a recognised fit left-back in their squad as the transfer deadline approaches.
Dal Newcastle arriva Lazaar. Ingaggio per Lombardi https://t.co/iQhi1qwCxc
— Benevento Calcio (@bncalcio) August 31, 2017
Lazaar was signed by the Magpies from Palermo just over a year ago but he has only made nine first-team appearances across all competitions in that time.
Newcastle have failed to bring in a new left-sided defender this summer and with Paul Dummett out injury until November, Benitez has his options in the role seriously depleted after this transfer deadline day was completed.
The 17-times Morocco international is no stranger to life in Serie A having made 59 appearances in the competition during his spell at Palermo.
There appears to be little time for Newcastle to now bring in a replacement for Lazaar, whose nightmarish spell at St. James’ Park now appears to be over for now.
Football Insider Verdict
One thing that Newcastle fans should realise after deadline day is that they are in serious risk of seeing Benitez walk out of the club. A couple of poor results in upcoming fixtures could see the Spaniard’s frustration tip over the edge and leave the Magpies more worried about what the season might hold. The lack of a left-back is quite frankly ridiculous. The club should not have sanctioned Lazaar’s exit and at least made sure that someone was coming in before letting him – it’s amateurish and should not be happening at a club like Newcastle. The odds will probably shorten for the Tynesiders to get relegated after this debacle.
In other Newcastle news, a Sky Sports journalist has delivered yet another blow for the Magpies on deadline day.