Valentino Lazaro’s loan move to Newcastle last year didn’t quite go to plan.
The Austrian winger joined the club from Inter Milan last January, but struggled for minutes at St James’ Park.
Lazaro was one of three loan signings in January 2020, but was probably the most impressive.
Danny Rose severely struggled, while Nabil Bentaleb was woeful.
Yet it was Lazaro who played the least out of the trio.
He ended his time at Newcastle with two goals, both coming away from home.
What next for Lazaro?
Lazaro is out on loan again this season, joining Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.
Meanwhile, there has been drama aplenty at his parent club Inter Milan.
Antonio Conte’s men have won the Scudetto, but off-field issues threaten to derail the club’s progress.
They were part of the failed European Super League project, and are now facing financial issues.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, Inter are facing a financial crisis, which may force them sell their big players.
While Lazaro isn’t one of Inter’s top names, he would certainly improve this Newcastle side.
When he was played in the right position he impressed at St James’ Park.
He left a lot to be desired when playing in defence, but he is naturally a winger.
The 25-year-old is quick, strong in possession and a capable dribbler. On top of that, he wants to play on the right – a position where Newcastle need to improve.
Lazaro deserved more opportunities during his first spell at Newcastle. And Inter’s financial woes should inspire the Magpies to give him a second chance.