Date: 7th April 2021 at 5:25pm
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have flocked to the club&8217;s official Twitter page after a post revealed Florian Lejeune is continuing to impress while on loan at Alaves. 

The 29-year-old joined the La Liga outfit last summer on a short-term deal and has enjoyed a successful campaign with Javier Calleja’s side, as his respectable 6.78/10 WhoScored rating shows.

Meanwhile, his parent club were forced to play right-back Emil Krafth as part of a back three over the weekend due to Fabian Schar’s injury leading to questions over how the Spaniard was allowed to depart St. James’ Park.

The Magpies are entrenched in a battle to beat to avoid from the Premier League this season, and the supporters clearly feel Lejeune could have helped the club maintain their top-flight status.

“Classic Bruce, sending our most talented CB out on loan, after crippling the lad last season playing him 5/6 times in 2 weeks after his long injury lay off!!!!!!”

@Rcrawf_23

“Well done Newcastle. Sent one of our best players out on loan, suffer a defensive crisis and plays Dummett and Krafth in a back 3. Smart.”

@StagnatingNUFC

“Amazed that you tweet this when we are having to watch Krafth play CB. Another spectacularly bad decision to let him go out on loan.”

@Biffabroon23

“He’s been one of there best players and would probably be one of out best players if we didn’t loan him out”

@NUFC_Goals

“Still baffles me how he was sent on loan”

@NUFCMitch

“Meanwhile we’re playing Emil Krafth and Jonjo Shelvey at centre back”

@ColmRose94

Newcastle have the fourth-worst defensive record in the Premier League this season, and although it’s impossible to say for sure whether Lejeune’s absence has had a negative effect upon the north-east outfit, an extra experienced body at the back would perhaps have been useful at certain times.

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