Should Leicester attempt to sign left-back Jamal Lewis?

Jamal Lewis of Norwich City (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Almost immediately after being linked with Leicester City, Kostak Tsimikas joined Liverpool, meaning Foxes interest must turn elsewhere.

Despite rumours of Ben Chilwell’s move to Chelsea going silent recently, it is still likely the English full-back will depart Leicester City this summer, meaning the recruitment team will still be hoping to bring in another left-back.

With Kostak Tsimikas joining the English champions, it’s back to square one in the search of finding a possible starting full-back. One name who should be on the wishlist is Jamal Lewis.

The Norwich City defender has impressed in his debut season in the Premier League, making 28 appearances. His stats don’t cover him in glory, with his only goal for the club coming in their 1-0 victory over the Foxes. Ironic.

But Lewis has already appeared for Northern Ireland 12 times at only the age of 22-year-old, which will be encouraging for fellow Northern Irishman, Brendan Rodgers.

The downfall? Despite the Canaries being relegated, they won’t let their left-back go easily. After selling James Maddison for £21m in 2018, Norwich will be looking for around the same price or more, considering Lewis has Premier League experience.

In the club’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, Lewis made his 100th appearance for the club after his move from Luton Town in 2014. Despite not matching the consistency of fellow full-back, Max Aarons, when Lewis plays well, he impresses. Hence why Liverpool were interested.

Would Jamal Lewis suit Leicester City?

Predominately a left-back, Lewis has also shown the capability to play on the left in a back three, something Rodgers utilised towards the back end of the season. Despite making zero assists, Lewis was part of a team that only had 10 goalscorers in the league.

There will be calls labelling Lewis as ‘not good enough’ or ‘not offensive enough’, but it’s important to remember his team were relegated with poor form throughout. He has consistently demonstrated his ability when one-on-one with attackers and is arguably better than Chilwell at carrying the ball forward.

At such a young age, Lewis could be a possible replacement for Chilwell. It is also likely that the club will look elsewhere in hope of securing a more experienced head, but the potential of the Norwich man will maintain City’s interest.