Newcastle United have confirmed the loan exit of Florian Lejeune to Spanish club Alaves to link up with his former teammate Joselu for the new 2020/21 term.
According to the official website of the Tyneside club, the Frenchman will also link up with former boss Pablo Machin, who coached him during his time at Girona in Spain during the 2014/15 campaign.
Does Lejeune get into the Newcastle starting eleven?
The central defender is under contract in the North East until 2022, and if he does not sign a new deal at St. James’ Park within the next year, he will then have just one year left and therefore will be susceptible to being sold at a cheaper price at the risk of losing him for free.
On the other hand, the Toon may want to think about letting Lejeune go on a permanent deal after his loan spell expires.
The 29-year old was limited to just 11 matches over all competitions in the 2019/20 season as he missed a lot of games due to injury woes and and also being generally out of favour, as per Transfermarkt.
In fact, Lejeune has never really been a regular at the Magpies over the last three years, as he has only managed to make 46 appearances in total in all competitions (per Transfermarkt).
For a man who cost £9 million to sign him from SD Eibar back on the 4th July 2017, it is perhaps safe to say that the move to NUFC has not really worked out for Lejeune, and so Steve Bruce may look to sell him on a permanent basis after his loan expires.
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