Newcastle will allow Jamal Lewis to leave on January transfer deadline day
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Newcastle will allow Jamal Lewis to leave on January transfer deadline day

According to The Athletic, Newcastle United have allowed left-back Jamal Lewis to leave on loan. Lewis started to gain a place in the starting XI under Eddie Howe, but suffered an injury against Liverpool in December.

For the Northern Ireland international, it seems unlikely he will find a way back into the side. Matt Targett looks set to join from Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season (90min.com). With the arrival of Lucas Digne at Villa Park, Targett will want more game time. He should get that with Newcastle.

For Lewis, it could be an opportunity for consistent game time. Newcastle have the reliable Paul Dummett who can play as the backup. At 24-years-old the left-back has plenty of years in the tank, an impressive loan spell could see some tough competition next season.

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Plenty of Championship clubs would take a chance on Lewis

With the Magpies in the midst of a relegation battle, Lewis wouldn’t be loaned to any of the teams around them. In the brief stint starting at left-back, Lewis looked better than he did under Steve Bruce.

The same report from The Athletic states that some bottom half and Championship clubs are interested. Considering that the Toon Army are in a relegation battle, loaning Lewis to the Championship would be the most logical move.

The 24-year-old would certainly be one of the best left-backs in the league. Whoever would land him until the end of the season would reap the benefits.

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Some fans would’ve liked to have seen Lewis battle it out for a spot with Targett at left-back. However, you have the likes of Dummett and Manquillo who can operate there too.

A run in the Championship where he is likely to get first-team football on a regular basis could be good for Lewis. He’s shown improvement under Howe and should he be loaned out, hopefully, he’ll continue to progress.