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Jamal Lewis' fresh chance could save Newcastle money this summer - opinion

Jamal Lewis could be in line for a fresh chance at Newcastle United this summer.

The defender hasn’t played for the club since December, limping off early in the defeat to Liverpool. He’s since underwent surgery and been dropped from the club’s Premier League squad.

While the Magpies have thrived in 2022, Lewis has became one of the forgotten men at St James’ Park. However, he could return to the fold.

The Athletic have reported that the 24-year-old will get a chance to prove himself in pre-season. Lewis has appeared four times since Eddie Howe’s appointment, and was impressive before being struck down by injury.

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Left-back is a problem position for Newcastle this summer, but perhaps a resurgent Lewis could save the club a few quid.

Newcastle have been linked with Matt Targett and Renan Lodi

There are two leading candidates in Newcastle’s quest for a new left-back. Matt Targett could return permanently after an impressive loan, while Renan Lodi of Atletico Madrid is being linked.

Targett is available for £15million, but it’s reported that Howe wants a left-back who is a bit more attacking. That’s why Lodi is of interest.

He’s a Brazil international with Champions League experience. He would be another landmark signing for Newcastle.

However, he could also cost a lot of money. Marca in Spain claim the Magpies could offer £34million.

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But with question marks over how much Newcastle can and will spend this summer, perhaps Howe has a money saving option within his ranks.

Fresh chance for Jamal Lewis could negate the need for Lodi

Newcastle absolutely need to sign a left-back this summer. At £15million, Targett is a bit of a bargain considering how well he’s played.

He understands the club and how the manager wants to play, and has proven he can thrive in this Newcastle team.

Meanwhile, Howe has another £15million left-back at the club.

Lewis arrived at St James’ Park with the reputation of being an attacking defender. He’s incredibly athletic, and was previously a cross country runner.

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While he hasn’t really impressed since joining Newcastle, he still has a lot of potential. He’s a player Liverpool wanted to sign once upon a time.

Howe has improved so many players already at Newcastle, and could possibly do the same for Lewis. If he can work his magic with the Northern Ireland international then we could have the left-sided fullback we need.

Ignoring a player as talented as Lodi could be seen as madness, but it would allow Howe to invest money elsewhere.

It’s a longshot, but perhaps Lewis could be the long-term solution to our left-back problems. It’s certainly food for thought.

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