Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce is not hanging about in making plans for the future, with the club in discussions to sign left-sided loanee player Achraf Lazaar on a permanent deal, having had the 27-year-old on loan from Newcastle since January.
Lazaar told Italian media outlet TMW (via The Shields Gazette) “There are so many rumours but until one takes you they are just words. Sheffield was concrete, they wanted me and I’m happy,” adding “Sheffield (Wednesday) would like to keep me and we are talking about it.”
So has Lazaar done enough to secure a permanent move?
“It’s difficult to say, really.
“Lazaar is a good player but he has only made a handful of appearances for Sheffield Wednesday this season and has struggled with an injury.
“I think a lot of it may come down to how much of an influence he is off the pitch and in the dressing room.”
“Well, we don’t see him every day at training so he must have.
“He’s a good player and though he’s not featured as much as he would have liked when he has been fit he has played well.
“I like him, to be honest, and so I think it would be a move that makes sense for the Owls.”
“A good move all round.”
“He’s had a tough time at Hillsborough with injuries, but he’s a player clearly rated by Bruce.
“That’s going to be an important factor in the summer, it must be down to Bruce to get the players in that he wants.
“Lazaar will benefit from six months at the club prior to any permanent move.”
“Not for me, no.
“He’s had an impact, turned in some decent performances, but Weds have to be careful.
“They’re still having to be mindful of their spend and I’m not convinced Lazaar has done enough.
“Maybe he’ll prove me wrong in the new season.”