‘Magic with his left foot’ – Nine quotes on Liverpool target Jamal Lewis
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis as they look to provide cover for Andy Robertson.
Lewis, 22, made 28 Premier League appearances for the Canaries in 2019-20 and Sky Sports are among those reporting he is interesting Liverpool, with Yasser Larouci potentially going the other way.
We’ve compiled nine quotes on Lewis’ unique talent from those who have worked closest with him.
“Jamal has almost been overshadowed sometimes because of Max (Aarons), Tom (Cantwell) and Ben (Godfrey),” the former Norwich captain told The Athletic in August 2019.
“He’s almost taken for granted and that’s harsh on him. He’s been outstanding and progressed brilliantly, going into the side as such a youngster.
“I remember speaking to Matt Gill and Darren Huckerby in the academy and they just said his running power is something else, plus he’s got the ability to go with it.”
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“Jamal is ultra professional,” the Norwich captain told The Athletic in January 2020. “I don’t think I’ve seen a young lad with his professionalism or his temperament.
“He never flaps. He never lets things get on top of him. And I think in the long run that will 100 percent work out for him and the lad will get what he deserves.”
“When I was at Luton there were two players in one age group that I felt would really have a good career in the game at the highest level, which was Jay Dasilva, who is at Chelsea still, and Jamal Lewis,” the former Luton Town academy manager told the Eastern Daily Press in July 2018.
“There were two things which always stood out during his younger years and they were his attitude and his resilience, they were already outstanding.
“But his athletic ability, his ability to keep running, his aerobic capacity, was always outstanding in his younger years.”
“I’m unbelievably delighted for Jamal because he had a tough first season in the Premier League,” Farke said after Lewis’ winning goal against Leicester in February. “He had to adapt to the level and then was out for 10 or 11 weeks.
“It was a top-class assist from Max Aarons and then Jamal was able to do some magic with his left foot.”
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“Jamal is unique in that whenever he has played, whatever the game, his performance level has always been the same. His consistency has been brilliant,” Norwich’s academy manager told The Athletic in August 2019.
“His one real attribute is I have not seen a better athlete and you’ve got to be an athlete to play for us. He is a wonderful mover. When I first saw him, he had a bag strapped to his back and he was training on his own, and I thought right there and then he will make a career out of this.”
“He has been such a significant player for us and a very difficult player for us to replace if he wasn’t available,” the former Northern Ireland manager said in October 2019.
“I have to give a big compliment to Jamal Lewis. I got the feeling the last two or three weeks, in training and the cup game, he was top class,” the Norwich manager said in February 2020.
“But to be thrown in without having time to warm up and then defend against the best winger in the world in Mo Salah was difficult. I was delighted for him.”
“He is very dedicated and a pleasure to coach, he has gained loads from training with the first team and it’s all part of his journey,” the former Norwich Under-21 manager said in 2018. “He is an outstanding lad with an outstanding attitude.”
“I really think Jamal Lewis is our best prospect,” the former Northern Ireland international told the Belfast Telegraph in June 2019.
“He just so good to watch, using his pace and technique to be an excellent full-back. He’ll have a huge future for Northern Ireland.”
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