The former Sheffield Wednesday forward managed Lazaar before his move to Newcastle United.

Sheffield Wednesday’s capture of the Newcastle United left-back, Achraf Lazaar, has drawn a positive response from the former Owls forward, Benito Carbone.

Lazaar has moved to Hillsborough on a half-season loan deal, alongside his Newcastle teammate, the winger Rolando Aarons, having failed to break into Rafa Benitez’s plans.

Though born in the Moroccan city, Casablanca, the 27-year-old spent much of his life in Italy, and was in Varese’s youth ranks when Carbone was manager there in 2011.

Responding to a post on Sheffield Wednesday’s official Instagram page yesterday evening, Carbone wrote: “I’m really happy for him [Lazaar] that he came to play with the blue-white shirt. [He] is [a] great player and fantastic person too.”

And Lazaar replied: “[M]ister[.] Thank you for everything.”

Carbone later expanded on his initial message on Twitter, posting: “So happy for you my boy, I am sure you will display all your potential!

“You are now at my club @swfc , the fans will love you so much. I am convinced that you’ll help the team make it back to where it belongs: The Premier League! Good luck Achraf and come on Owls!”

 

Carbone, now 47, was idolised by the Sheffield Wednesday fanbase during his three years at Hillsborough in the late 1990s, when he scored 25 goals in 96 games – including one against Newcastle.

However, his acrimonious departure to Aston Villa left a sour taste in the mouths of many Owls supporters.

Wednesday also signed the right-back, Dominic Iorfa, for an undisclosed fee from Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead of yesterday’s deadline.

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