Newcastle’s forgotten man, Achraf Lazaar, has missed out on a place in the club’s Premier League squad for the first-half of this season.
The Morocco international spent the entirety of the 2019/2020 campaign out on loan at Cosenzo Calcio in the Italian Serie B, and made just nine appearances there.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that the Magpies were looking to offload the left-back before the close of the transfer window, but that failed to materialise.
Despite being named as a starter in Newcastle U23s’ victory over Fulham, it has now been confirmed that Lazaar has not been named in the first-team squad sent to the Premier League.
Despite bringing in Jamal Lewis from relegated Norwich in the summer transfer window, the Magpies are facing a bit of conundrum in that position following the injury to Matt Ritchie.
Lewis himself has picked up some knocks in the early stages of his Newcastle career, and boss Steve Bruce would be left with a major problem if he too goes down anytime soon.
Whilst the 17-cap Lazaar looked set for a summer exit, the fact he was given the chance to don Newcastle colours – albeit for the U23s – may have seemed like he could have entered the reckoning once again.
Injuries to key first-team players are sometimes what allows fringe men to get their opportunities in the first-team, and if he were to have continued to impress in training and in any game-time whether that’s with the senior or youth sides, then Bruce may have considered bringing him back into the fold.
The Newcastle boss will now just have to rest his hopes on Lewis holding up, and Ritchie making a swift and successful return.