You’d be excused for actually forgetting what Achraf Lazaar looks like.

The Moroccan arrived at Newcastle ahead of their season in the Championship, even getting the coveted number seven shirt.

The shirt number meant nothing though, with Lazaar making just four league appearances that season.

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Rafa Benitez clearly felt he didn’t have what it takes, but miraculously, Lazaar is still a Newcastle player.

Lazaar makes himself available for Burnley

The full-back spent last season on loan at Benevento, but is now back on Tyneside after failing to secure another move away.

Lazaar hasn’t featured once for the Magpies this campaign, but an injury crisis could give him a way back.

Paul Dummett picked up an injury whilst playing for Wales, meaning Benitez will likely be without his first-choice left-back for the trip to Burnley.

And speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Lazaar has declared that he is available for selection.

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“I’m training hard and I also do some training to be ready and fit,” the former Palermo defender said.

“I’m honest: I signed for Newcastle and I expect to be taken into consideration.”

While the 26-year-old might consider himself ready for action, that does not mean Benitez should adhere to his calls.

Dummett’s injury is a massive blow. Left-back is the weakest position in our squad, while Dummett is one of our most consistent performers.

The usual backup option is Javier Manquillo, who has rarely shone in a black and white shirt. However, that does not mean Benitez should go rogue and bring Lazaar in from the cold.

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If he wasn’t good enough for the Championship, he’s not going to be good enough for the Premier League.

Once January comes round, we need a new left-back to rival Dummett, and allow Lazaar to go off on his merry way.

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