We have been writing off defender Jamaal Lewis this year, since he was left out of the Newcastle 25-man Premier League squad in January.
But head coach Eddie Howe has mentioned the former Norwich City left-back today in his press conference for the game at Norwich tomorrow afternoon.
Eddie Howe on Jamal Lewis:
"He's had a few operations and recently had another one. We hope this one has fixed his long standing groin problem. It's been frustrating for him because he's not felt 100%. I'd love to see him back in pre-season and show us the player he can be." pic.twitter.com/1pfFYHrnWV
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 22, 2022
So Jamaal has been bothered by a persistent groin injury and Howe is hoping, with time off, to get the necessary medical treatment and surgeries, that he will be fully fit for pre-season training.
Then it is up to the 26 times capped Northern Ireland International to impress Howe in pre-season.
Lewis is a bit like Miguel Almiron in that they are skillful players with good character, and Eddie Howe’s job is to get the best out of both of them – and he knows that.
It could well be that both Lewis and Almiron will be with us for next season.
The defender is on a five-year contract that he signed in September 2020, and has played 32 times for Newcastle.
What do you think?