When the Newcastle first team players returned for pre-season training last week, so too did the fringe players who had been out on loan last season.
One of those was Achraf Lazaar, who was made to train with the reserves before his loan switch to Sheffield Wednesday last season, with Rafa Benitez not deeming him good enough to be considered for the senior squad.
But with Rafa gone, and the temporary duo of Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn in charge, players like Lazaar and Jack Colback have been afforded a return to the first team training set-up.
Journalist’s comments could suggest another chance for Lazaar
As if fans – who were hoping to have seen the back of Lazaar – were not worried enough about the future direction of the club, comments from journalist Alan Biggs will have sent shockwaves through them yesterday.
Biggs took to Twitter last week to advise of how highly Redfearn rates Lazaar, which led one of the higher profile Newcastle fans’ Twitter accounts to suggest he may “feature heavily” should he be in charge for any games.
Happen to know that Lazaar is very highly rated by Newcastle caretaker boss Neil Redfearn. I’d have wanted him back at #SWFC even ahead of Aarons on what I saw last season. If Neil stays in place, real chance for Lazaar at #NUFC . https://t.co/cddF6MGz82
— Alan Biggs (@AlanBiggs1) July 4, 2019
Of course, it remains to be seen who will have the leading role, should Dawson and the former Liverpool women’s team manager take charge of the Toon’s jaunt to Asia.
But the comments regarding Lazaar’s alleged standing with the temporary coach received a predicted response from many Newcastle fans.
Anyone that wasn’t up to Rafa’s standards will not be suddenly better after he left us.
You can see it now, what’s happening.
Total incompetence by a club run by prize idiots. You can’t make this nonsense up🙄
— Lucy (@dunelmcuths) July 7, 2019
This is becoming an even bigger joke by the day
— Mint Miguel (@ManLikeAlmiron) July 7, 2019
The nufc coffin is going to be the most nailed in world history
— Hilly (@Hilly51319166) July 7, 2019
The good news just keeps on coming.
Has #nufc entered into a suicide pact with the entire fanbase, but without telling any of us?
— Sam GC (@Funguslover) July 7, 2019
The death nails are being hammered already
— Mick Parry (@MickP1964) July 7, 2019
There’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d be reading a month or so ago 😂
— DalianYifangUltra (@heatonjake1892) July 7, 2019
I’ve heard it all now 😂😂🤦♂️
— nick entwisle (@NEntwisle) July 8, 2019
🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️😂😂😂 god help us I bet he rates colback and Aaron’s highly as well
— James Girdlestone (@Jamesgirdy1989) July 7, 2019
In other words why spend money when we already have a player, doesn’t matter if he’s not good enough – he’s got a pair of legs, stick him in the team
— Rich Wearz (@wearz) July 8, 2019