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In focus: Jamal Lewis

16 April 2020

Another Norwich City defender making his way through his Premier League debut season, Jamal Lewis has shown quality through and through.

A textbook full-back, able to go forward and make chances himself or track back and defend to stop them being made. Holding his own along with the other youngsters, what are his best performances so far this season? Here are his top three… ⬇

3. West Ham (A)

A loss away from home can be tough to take, but this performance was clear to see that Lewis left his heart out on the pitch.

A difficult game in the early stages of the season, City were toppled by Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers at the Olympic Stadium. Catching the Canaries well on the break with their blistering pace up front, it was no easy ask to defend against the side, but that’s just what Lewis did time and time again.

His recovery runs, timely tackles, blocks and take-ons in an effort to reignite an attack of his own earnt Lewis a 7.27 rating from Whoscored.com, an impressive rating to receive on one of your first games in the English topflight.

2. Newcastle (H)

Whilst many were focusing on the incredible hat-trick courtesy of Teemu Pukki, some other performances went under the radar, one prime example being Lewis’.

Admittedly, everyone in the yellow and green was flying that day, but this was especially the case for Lewis, who produced his second-best performance this season in the 3-1 win.

Shutting out any danger down the left-side of Tim Krul, as well as carrying the ball purposefully up the pitch, often filled with successful take-ons, Lewis was almost unplayable in this fixture.

In the blink of an eye, the Northern Ireland international would start from the backline and end up on the edge of the Newcastle box almost instantly, ready to whip in a cross.

This noteworthy performance, so early on in the season too, was definitely one of Lewis’ most memorable and impressive performances, earning the full-back a 7.40 rating from Whoscored.com

1. Leicester (H) 

Let’s be honest, Lewis’ top performance was always going to be this one, wasn’t it?

As the Canaries faced off against the Foxes for the second-time this season, this time at Carrow Road, everyone knew three points against Brendan Rodgers' side was huge in the fight out of the bottom three.

A Jamie Vardy-less Leicester were looking to take the win without their top scorer, but things weren’t the same for the Foxes, lacking the clinical nature their talisman brought in-front of goal.

As the game was coming closer to its end, another draw seemed to be on the horizon, then Lewis stepped up. A cross from Max Aarons in the 70th-minute fell to his fellow full-back in the box. Choosing to shoot, rather than cross it back in, the ball perfectly swerved past the gloves of Kasper Schmeichel into the Leicester net, handing City the winner.

That goal, as well as plenty of classy defending and counters, especially in the last 20 minutes after the goal, saw Lewis earn a season-high rating of 8.12 from Whoscored.com.


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