With his loan set to expire after the season, I wouldn’t expect Valentino Lazaro to be signed to a permanent deal by Newcastle United.
Newcastle United came away with a big win yesterday over Bournemouth in the Premier League. Steve Bruce decided to rotate the lineup that lost 2-0 vs. Manchester City over the weekend, changing six starters. Not including amongst those new starters was a loanee that doesn’t seem likely to stick around next season.
Valentino Lazaro did come off the bench yesterday to score a very nice goal and blast a shot from distance off the crossbar, but why didn’t he start? This seemed like a perfect match to give the Inter loanee a chance to start. He could’ve started on the right wing or in a number ten role. While both Allan Saint-Maximin and Sean Longstaff played well in those positions, the fact that Bruce didn’t give Lazaro a chance may be indicative of his long-term vision for the Austrian.
In the Premier League, Lazaro has only played in seven matches since arriving in January but only two of those have been starts. He featured in two of Newcastle’s FA Cup matches, scoring once, but again, he only started one of the matches.
While I think Lazaro should get a look to make a full-time move because of his versatility and skill on the ball, it just doesn’t seem like Steve Bruce holds him in a high enough regard to bring him back. With rumors that he can veto a permanent move to Newcastle United, I wouldn’t expect Valentino Lazaro to be around next season.