It sounds like Jamal Lewis could still have a future at Newcastle United under Eddie Howe.
The former Norwich left-back was left out of Howe’s 25-man squad a few months ago, leading many to believe he would be one of several players who’d be moved on this summer.
However, the NUFC boss has revealed that he is excited to see the 24-year-old “show us the player he can be” over pre-season, suggesting he could be back in his first-team plans now he’s stepping up his recovery from a long-term groin problem.
The gaffer also revealed that Isaac Hayden – another player left out of his squad – should be back next week, praising his professionalism and also talking up how well Ciaran Clark has trained since he was replaced by Dan Burn.
Here’s what Howe had to say about all three:
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%.
“He’s not felt physically able to give his best, which is one of the worst feelings as a player as you can’t do yourself justice or do what you’re capable of.
“So, I think for Jamal it’s important he gets back fit and feeling good.
“I’d love to see him come back in pre-season and show us the player he can be.”
Howe on Isaac Hayden’s future:
“Hopefully he is due to train next week.
“It will be great to have him back in the group.
“We’ll look at him, judge his performances in training and see what happens from there.
“We take every player’s future on an individual basis.
“There is a lot of competition for places for next season but he has worked tirelessly and professionally to get very fit.”
Howe on Ciaran Clark:
“Everyone has been united in trying to help us get to safety in the league.
“And that’s everybody.
“Ciaran Clark has trained brilliantly every day and has never allowed his attitude to drop.
“That is not easy to do. We’ve had a really healthy culture within the group.”