Newcastle United loanee Achraf Lazaar hits rock bottom with Serie A strugglers Benevento

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017 in...

Benevento offered Achraf Lazaar the chance to return to Serie A this summer after failing to win over Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.

Achraf Lazaar of Newcastle United goes past Josh Cogley of Birmingham City during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Newcastle United and Birmingham City at St James'...

If Achraf Lazaar had hoped that a return to Serie A would rebuild his reputation after a disastrous season stuck on Newcastle United’s bench, he will have been hugely disappointed.

The Moroccan left-back could hardly have endured a worse start to life with top flight newcomers Benevento after arriving on loan from Tyneside this summer. The Campania club are bottom of the Serie A table with no points from seven games and an alarming tally of 18 goals conceded, the worst in the division.

And Lazaar must at least take some portion of the blame for such a shocking statistic.

Achraf Lazaar of Newcastle United in action during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Oxford United and Newcastle United at Kassam Stadium on January 28, 2017 in Oxford,...

From bad to worse

After all, the former Palermo man hardly covered himself in glory as Benevento lost three times in a week recently to Napoli, Roma and Crotone, conceding 12 goals in the process. He was even subbed off in the latter two fixtures.

And it speaks volumes about Lazaar’s recent displays that he was dropped to the bench for the first time since his summer arrival on Sunday as Benevento lost at home to Inter Milan. The Wizards didn’t exactly put on a magical performance but they more than held their own, going down 2-1 with Lazaar featuring just six minutes from the end.

Achraf Lazaar of Benevento shows his dejection during the Serie A match between Benevento Calcio and Torino FC at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on September 10, 2017 in Benevento, Italy.

Coincidence or not, the fact that Italy’s answer to Crystal Palace performed much better without the Newcastle loanee in their starting XI does not reflect well.

After failing to make a single Championship start under Rafael Benitez at Newcastle last season, you wonder whether Lazaar is set for another extended period out of the starting XI.

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