£15m Bruce signing has huge season ahead of him, NUFC career is on the line - opinion
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£15m Bruce signing has huge season ahead of him, NUFC career is on the line - opinion

It could be a big season ahead for Jamal Lewis. The Newcastle United full-back will want to prove to Eddie Howe that he can be a valuable asset.

In January, the club looked to loan him out, and several Championship clubs were interested. The last time we saw the Northern Ireland international was back in December. He suffered an injury early on against Liverpool and was cut from the 25-man squad at the end of January this year.

Some fans were unsure on Lewis’ future with Newcastle following that. However, it seems Howe is keen on giving Lewis another chance to prove himself in pre-season. The Toon boss has stuck true to his word, the full-back travelled with the club to Austria.

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Lewis could prove to be a valuable backup option for Newcastle

With no talks of the left-back heading anywhere this summer, Howe looks set on giving Lewis another season to prove himself.

Furthermore, early on in his tenure, the Toon boss did opt to play Lewis. He looked impressive in the 1-1 draw with Norwich at St James’ Park. However, with his injury and the signing of Matt Targett in January, it was always going to be difficult for the 24-year-old.

They did sign Targett permanently, but Lewis’ future with Newcastle is still in his hands. He will likely be the go-to backup option should Howe want to rotate his squad or if injuries hit the left-back position.

Considering his age, it would be unfair to sell him this summer. Howe could definitely have a positive impact on Lewis, he’s done so with many players. Players like Ryan Fraser, Emil Krafth and Fabian Schar were inherited by the Magpies boss and have greatly improved.

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It’s a big season ahead for Jamal Lewis. Thus far he’s not become the player they hope when they spent £15 million (Sky Sports) on him. However, the upcoming season will be his first full one under Howe.

If he can show development in training and step up when called upon, he could be a great option to have. At only 24-years-old, there’s still the hope he can perhaps become a future starter.

Failure to show any progress and it’s likely we’ll see him sold next summer.

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