Achraf Lazaar fights for a loose ball with Birmingham City's Ivan Sanchez

Watford correspondent for The Athletic, Adam Leventhal, confirms that both Achraf Lazaar and Carlos Sanchez, who joined the Hornets in February and March on short-term contracts that lasted until the end of the season, will not have their contracts renewed this summer following promotion to the Premier League.

Achraf Lazaar, formerly of Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United, was signed in February to provide cover for fellow Morrocan left-back Adam Masina, who was the only senior left-back at the club.

Despite some promising performances off the bench, the 28-year-old will most likely be remembered for being at fault for the loss at Kenilworth Road. An under-hit pass by Lazaar caused Bachmann to clatter into Luton striker Elijah Adebayo in the Watford 18-yard box. The penalty that followed condemned Watford to their first loss against fierce rivals Luton Town for almost two decades.

35-year-old Carlos Sanchez, who also featured in that game, will be following Lazaar out the door.

Providing an abundance of Premier League and international experience, Sanchez managed to prove his worth in his short stay in Hertfordshire, with his substitute appearance against Reading being the highlight of his stay.

Praised by Watford fans after the game, the Colombian international managed to control the game, keep possession of the ball impeccably, and see the game out by dictating the tempo against a Reading team who were causing all sorts of problems for Xisco Muñoz’s side.

Both players will be moving onto pastures new with a promotion to the Premier League on their CV.

It will be intriguing for Watford fans to see where the two short-term signings end up at next.


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