Jamal Lewis has had a tough first season at Newcastle United.

The left-back arrived last summer from Norwich for a rather sizeable £15million.

He seemed like a smart signing. Despite suffering relegation with Norwich, Lewis had performed well and clearly had room for improvement.

However, he currently finds himself out of the starting XI at Newcastle.

The last time he started was the 1-1 draw with Wolves in February. Lewis was criticised by his manager after the game, with Steve Bruce claiming he should have done more to stop the cross that led to the goal.

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After that game, Paul Dummett returned to the side and proved to be much more solid. And now Newcastle are using a back five, with Matt Ritchie playing as a wing-back.

However, that might change against Arsenal.

Ritchie an injury doubt ahead of Arsenal clash

Ahead of the game, Bruce confirmed that Ritchie is a ‘slight doubt’.

 

The 31-year-old has a calf problem but is still expected to be okay.

But if not, Lewis could have a huge opportunity on his hands.

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Newcastle have been a different team since Ritchie returned. He has added energy and determination down the left. Those are qualities Lewis needs to match if he gets a chance against Arsenal.

Lewis is clearly a talented player who can be an asset to Newcastle. But his confidence was on the floor before he was dropped.

Now things are different, and he could return to a team that is looking up rather than down.

Ritchie has been key to Newcastle’s resurgence, but he is not a long-term solution.

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At 23-years-old, Lewis has a long career ahead of him. He has already suffered a setback since joining Newcastle, but needs to take his chance when it comes his way.

It might happen on Sunday against Arsenal if Ritchie isn’t passed fit.

If Lewis does start, he needs to prove why he belongs in the starting XI.

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