Sheffield Wednesday have demanded Newcastle United loan them Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons to settle the dispute around Steve Bruce, according to The Mirror.
They haven’t stopped there though, as they are demanding there are further players sent to Sheffield temporarily, with Newcastle paying the majority of their wages.
Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri has said that if these demands are met he will drop any legal action against them for their appointment of Steve Bruce.
Newcastle are reportedly refusing to meet these demands, as they feel they haven’t done anything wrong.
Lazaar only started three matches and made one substitute appearance while on loan with Sheffield Wednesday for the second half of last season, despite being available for the entire time he was there.
Aarons started six games and came on as substitute three times during his half a season spell in Sheffield, scoring once and assisting once.
He made 0.7 key passes and 1.6 dribbles while averaging 16.3 passes a game with a success rate of 75.5%.
Indeed, these are barely huge contributions and both players have largely been out on the periphery of the first-team at St. James’ Park too.
This whole situation is bizarre, but what makes it even worse is that neither player had a spectacular impact at Wednesday during their half a season spell there at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
Newcastle shouldn’t bow down to these demands if they are sure they have done nothing wrong, which they certainly seem to be.
Indeed, it will be good to get the entire dealing with Sheffield Wednesday behind the club so more important things can be focused on, such as getting players through the door themselves.
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