Multiple reports surfaced this morning that Florian Lejeune could be on his way out as the club is seeking to send him out on loan to the top division in Spain. Reportedly Deportivo Alaves is a club that would be interested in securing the CB’s services. A move to Alaves would reunite the Frenchman with former teammate Joselu.
It’s understood that Florian Lejeune is set for a season long loan with a La Liga club, there’s been interest from Alaves #nufc— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) September 9, 2020
Lejeune began his career at Newcastle in Rafa’s return to the Premier League and easily made it known that he was one of the most technically gifted center-backs at the club. Lejeune was and still is, a solid defender who is excellent with the ball at his feet while also being an excellent passer of the ball.
Unfortunately for Florian his time at Newcastle has been riddled with injuries and it has been tough as of recent for him to find consistent minutes. Since joining the side, Florian has missed 48 matches due to injury alone. When you factor in the matches he’s missed when returning from an injury because he lost his place in the side it begins to create a sad picture of his time here.
When Lejeune has played, he typically has been great. He consistently looks like a top 3 CB at the club, but it is all about making sure he is healthy for extended period of times and is match fit.
Newcastle believe the best way for him to get the play time he so desperately needs without the pressure of having to rush back onto the pitch after an injury would be a loan move to a league in which he has already proved himself. Lejeune returning to La Liga would free up some salary as well as a roster spot for another CB that could arrive on loan or perhaps another position like left back.
As Andrew from The Chronicle points out the move allows Lejeune regain fitness and contend for a starting position next year.
Florian Lejeune heading to La Liga - good chance to get fit, and if he can stay fit come back next season and regain his place in the XI at #NUFC.— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) September 9, 2020
Horrible run of injuries but arguably United's best defender when fit.
Hopefully a short-term move to benefit everyone.
The hope is that Florian can rejoin the side next season, but if this was the last we see of Lejeune he has left a lasting impression among the NUFC faithful. He always is one to give his all and is one of the better ball playing defenders of recent.