By Will Butcher
Newcastle fans have urged Rafa Benitez on Twitter to sell Achraf Lazaar just one season after bring the left-sided star to Tyneside.
Lazaar, 25, moved to St. James’ Park from Serie A outfit Palermo in the summer but has been forced to watch from the sidelines for the majority of the season under manager Benitez.
The Morocco international has failed to impress in the north east, making just nine appearances in all competitions for Newcastle since his summer move.
Behind Paul Dummett on the left side of defence, Massadio Haidara was given a chance in Benitez’s starting eleven during Sunday’s 3-0 win over Barnsley, leaving Lazaar third choice.
Lazaar, who joined Newcastle for £3million in the summer, has a contract until the summer of 2021 but could be allowed to leave as Benitez looks to make room for new signings.
Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter in an attempt to persuade manager Benitez to sell Lazaar, as he struggles to adapt to the rigours of English football.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I would sell Krul, Sels, Hanley, Haidara, Lazaar, colback, de jong, diame, Mitro and Murphy
— Ian (@ISTB87) May 10, 2017
Sell/Release: Hanley, Lazaar, Anita, Diame, Perez, Haidara, Gouffran, Gamez, Selz, Vuckic, Ameobi & Mitrovic. Also don't bring Atsu back.
— London Geordie (@dalondongeordie) May 7, 2017
Get Gibbs,Maguire,Christensen(Loan)Cairney,Sigurdsson, Townsend, Modeste,HBA. Sell Lazaar,Diame,Haidara,Murphy,Gouffran,Riviere,Selz,Thauvin
— francisco aceves (@francisoaceves) May 1, 2017
Im not against a new LB, but you got to get rid of Haidara and Lazaar if you do so. Id just bring back Mbabu personnally.
— Leuz Dolla 🇸🇳 🇬🇲 (@Asallsince1993) March 8, 2017
Presumably, Lazaar and/or Haidara will be sold in the summer. Haven't been able to oust Dummett all season and he's… 🤔 #nufc
— Sam GC (@Funguslover) April 17, 2017
Morocco international Lazaar moved to Newcastle after starring with Palermo in Italy’s top flight on the left side of the pitch, at left-back or on the left side of the attack.
In other Newcastle transfer news, this 25-year-old has completed a switch to these Premier League giants after posting on Instagram.