Newcastle United might have lost away at Manchester City once more but there was a positive.

Indeed, Lewis Hall was in attendance as Julian Alvarez scored the only goal of the game to send Newcastle home from the Etihad Stadium with their first loss of the season.

The 18-year-old will soon become the fourth first-team signing the club have made this summer after a £28m plus £7m move was agreed with Chelsea, albeit after a season on loan at St James’ Park.

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Hall was in the crowd as City inflicted defeat on Newcastle but Eddie Howe believes the teenager would have learned something.

Eddie Howe explains what Lewis Hall would have seen from Newcastle last night

Despite the loss, Howe believes it was a useful excericise for Hall to watch his new teammates in action.

Speaking after the game (via The Chronicle), Howe said: “Lewis will have probably seen the quality of the game, but I don’t think that will have surprised him coming from Chelsea.

“He will have learnt a little bit by looking directly at us for maybe one of the first times with exactly how we play and what we do.”

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Hall might have to get used to a watching brief this season

Howe has generally not rushed his new signings straight into the team during his time at Newcastle.

With Liverpool up next in a huge game, it’s difficult imagine him breaking up the first-choice backline unless he is forced to do so.

That means Dan Burn will surely continue at left-back, leaving Hall to watch on.

Though an increased schedule means there will be more need to rotate this season, it is understood that Burn will likely continue as a first-choice.

With that in mind, Hall getting used to watching how the team, with a defence few could match in the Premier League last season, operates certainly seems wise.

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