Achraf Lazaar refusing to keep a low profile at Newcastle '“ as Jack Colback quietly waits for a transfer

Once Rafa Benitez's made is made up on a player, he rarely, if ever, changes it.

Sunday, 15th July 2018, 8:30 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:51 pm
Achraf Lazaar.

Just ask Jack Colback. And Tim Krul.

Like Colback and Krul, Lazaar was frozen out at Newcastle United a year ago.

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In his last interview with the Gazette in May last year, Lazaar spoke of his "dream" of playing Premier League football.

That dream has turned into something of a nightmare.

Colback is still at the club, though Championship side Nottingham Forest are keen to re-sign him, having had him on loan in the second half of last season.

The midfielder – who isn't on social media – is keeping a low profile while negotiations continue between the two clubs.

Achraf Lazaar.

Not so Lazaar, who had a less successful loan at Benevento last season, the club he joined after a bizarre recall to Benitez's squad for a cup tie.

The 26-year-old, signed from Palermo two years ago, only played a handful of games for the Serie A side and was cut from the squad for the second half of the campaign. He posted a cryptic message on Instagram at the time.

A lack of games meant he was never a contender to go to the World Cup with Morocco.

Lazaar, under contract for another three years, isn't keeping as low a profile as Colback.

The defender – who has been told to find a new club by Benitez – posted a photograph of himself returning to Newcastle via private jet on social media, and another on Twitter of him training at the Academy, where he has been training.

It was simply captained "pre-season" – and the replies from fans were mixed.

It's highly unlikely that Benitez, United's manager, will change his mind on Lazaar, whatever happens in the transfer window. Lazaar should know this.

And images of a private jet won't win too many hearts and minds on Tyneside, if that's what he's trying to do.