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Canaries starlet Lewis hoping to add attacking threat to his development

Jamal Lewis in action during City's 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road on Tuesday. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Jamal Lewis in action during City's 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road on Tuesday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Jamal Lewis is loving his early days as a Norwich City first team player, but the academy product is well aware he still has much to improve upon.

The 20-year-old is the latest graduate of the Canaries youth system after recovering from a pre-season knee injury to make his debut during a 2-1 home defeat to Brentford in December.

The left-back has started the subsequent 14 matches, tasting defeat just once in the league and on penalties to Chelsea, having scored a memorable late equaliser.

“Many things,” Lewis said, when asked which areas of his game he wants to improve. “End product, helping the team get goals and assists, maybe chip in myself with goals, just different situations sometimes where you reflect on what happened and think ‘I could have done something better’.

“Just small things and decisions, certain passes. I’ve got good centre-backs in this team and they help me improve my game on a daily basis.

“As each game goes on I get more confident so I do find myself higher up the pitch, which requires me to help the team with either a good pass, cross or shot. So definitely as I’m progressing my game I will find myself in more of those situations, so it would be good to chip in with some assists and goals.”

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The Northern Ireland Under-21 international has become a regular starter under head coach Daniel Farke, alongside the likes of star playmaker James Maddison, who was this week nominated for the PFA Championship Player of the Month award for February.

Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore may have beaten the 21-year-old to the award but Lewis was full of praise for his team-mate.

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“He’s pivotal in our team,” he added. “I don’t know the exact numbers but he’s scored quite a lot of match-winners. So it’s not like he’s scoring the second or third goal in a 3-0 win, he’s scoring the winners and getting us points.

“He plays a very important role in our team but there are 10 other players on the pitch so we do work for each other and with each other but he’s definitely a real talent and I think he’ll go far.”


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