Newcastle United have completed their second loan signing of the window, Valentino Lazaro has arrived from Inter Milan until the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent in the summer. The official announcement from the club is imminent.
Lazaro’s favoured position is on the right of midfield, however, under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan he was used as a RWB. At 23 years old, Lazaro arrives with huge potential - His pace, trickery and strength will cause problems for Premier League opposition. The signing of the Austrian brings a different dynamic to Steve Bruce’s side, Lazaro’s arrival could see a slight change in formation, as Bruce looks to develop a more attacking style of play.
Lazaro started playing street football from an early age, his idol growing up was Ronaldinho. The Austrian can tell you everything there is to know about his idol. Lazaro’s versatility is a bonus for a manager, he can operate anywhere behind the striker and has also played as a RWB. His quick feet, pace (on and off the ball) and dribbling ability makes for some eye-catching displays.
Lazaro began his senior career at RB Salzburg, becoming their youngest ever player at 16 years old. He made his debut in 2012 against Admira Wacker Mödling, the Austrian racked up 100 appearances for RB Salzburg by the time he was 19. An incredible achievement for a teenager.
While playing in Germany for Hertha Berlin, Lazaro was dubbed the biggest Austrian talent to grace the Bundesliga since David Alaba.
Consistently impressing during his time at Hertha Berlin, Lazaro saw Italian giants, Inter Milan come calling last summer. The Austrian moved to the San Siro for £20.16M. While things haven’t gone to plan for Lazaro in Serie A, he is determined to challenge himself in the Premier League.
Lazaro’s size, speed and preferred position has seen him compared to Chelsea midfielder, Willian in recent years. There is a lot to like about Lazaro, he will help out defensively as well as drive his side forward.
Newcastle manager, Bruce will have a decision to make regarding how he now sets his side up. The Magpies are a threat on the break with the pace of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, Lazaro will only add to that threat.
This season may not have gone to plan at club level, though it has seen his stock rise in the Austrian national side, becoming one of their most important players. A move to Newcastle and the Premier League makes sense for Lazaro, his style of play will be well suited to England’s top league.
Newcastle have the foundations of a really exciting side, with the arrival of Lazaro and fellow loan signing Nabil Bentaleb, Newcastle's attacking threat will vastly improve.
Should Lazaro impress during his time on Tyneside, Newcastle have the option to buy the player for £20M in the summer. Lazaro could make his Newcastle debut at St James’ Park tomorrow against Oxford United in the FA Cup.