Newcastle United decided to loan Florian Lejeune to Alaves at the start of this season and the 29-year-old centre back has impressed with the Spanish club.
The Frenchman has established himself as a key player for Alaves and he has made 24 appearances in all competitions with them.
Given the fact that the Magpies are struggling defensively this season, the decision to loan out the Frenchman seems quite surprising right now. The fans were already disappointed with the lack of proper signings and to weaken the squad further by loaning out players has left the fanbase frustrated.
Furthermore, the fact that the 29-year-old has been ranked as Alaves’ best player of 2021 so far by the CIES Football Observatory (via Chronicle) has added to the frustrations of the Newcastle fans.
The 29-year-old was rated highly by the Newcastle fans during his time at the club and he could have been a useful option for Steve Bruce this season.
The Magpies are currently battling relegation and it will be interesting to see if they can improve their performances over the coming weeks and preserve their Premier League status for another season.
Some of the Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to question the decision to loan out the defender this season and here is what they had to say.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) March 30, 2021
Done by the club
I genuinely thought after thee debacle of thr failed takeover last year that the PL would low-key screw us over…
Instead its the club that’s ruining us… Again
— Phyll Perrins (@ThePhyll13) March 30, 2021
Never should have let him go
— Robertson (@Roberts76119669) March 30, 2021
Best CB at the club before injury. Excellent ball player from the back. We don’t have that in the team at all
— Paul Elwood (@PaulElwood) March 30, 2021
Lejeune was and still is our best CB.
Absolutely lunacy letting him go out on loan.
He had a couple of sloppy games when he came back into the side but he wasnt match fit and had been out for months.
That’s #nufc and Bruce for ya
— Goelinton (@Goelinton) March 30, 2021
He’s our best all round defender win fit but bruce would never of been able to use him, see Fabian Schar!
— James Knowlson (@jimknowlson) March 30, 2021