Forgotten Newcastle United full-back Achraf Lazaar is determined to force his way into the starting line-up at St James’ Park according to The Shields Gazette.

The 25-year-old Casablanca born left-back joined The Magpies from Italian club Palermo last summer in a deal reportedly worth £3 million but the player has struggled to make an impact on Tyneside.

Lazaar is yet to start a league match for Newcastle United with the defender making just four appearances from the bench while the Moroccan’s five starts have all come in both the FA Cup and League Cup. The defender is set to speak with United boss Rafa Benitez about his future in the summer however it has been reported that Lazaar has no desire to leave St James’ Park and hopes to fight for his place in the side.

The player was a member of the Raja Casablanca youth academy as a schoolboy before a move to Italy saw Lazaar move to lower league outfit Varese.

After performing well for The Leopards, the defender joined Palermo in January 2014 on a loan deal which was later made permanent. Lazaar made 76 appearances during his time at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, scoring three goals before making the big money move to Newcastle United.

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