Newcastle ended up on the wrong end of a thrashing from the Whites despite taking the lead in the first half through Jeff Hendrick. However, Steve Bruce’s side were guilty of giving the ball away too often and being caught out on the counter-attack too easily in the second half as they endured a rather difficult evening.
One player who had a particularly poor game was Lewis, with the left-back having struggled to defend throughout the 90 minutes and also being guilty of not making the right decision when the Whites were breaking forwards. The defender lost possession on 10 occasions and managed to maintain a passing accuracy of just 57% (Sofascore).
The £15m full-back has so far not been able to deliver consistent performances for the Magpies since his move from Norwich City in the summer. There have been glimpses of Lewis’ quality and potential, but they have been all too rare and Newcastle might need to address that in January by adding another option, with Jetro Willems being heavily linked with a return to Tyneside.
Newcastle fans react to Jamal Lewis’ performance against Leeds
Many Newcastle fans were quick to point out that Lewis was one of the main players at fault for the Magpies in their defeat at Leeds, with some questioning his form ever since he arrived in the summer from Norwich. One supporter went as far as saying that the 22-year-old is “stealing a Premier League living” at St James’ Park.
Lewis looks lost for 90% of every match we need a more experienced LB for him to shadow and challenge him to kick on
— Joel Mcgregor (@Joelmc92) December 16, 2020
Personally, I don’t see why Lewis gets picked every game considering his performances 🤷♂️ he adds nothing going forward nor defending. I’d have Ritchie or Manquillo all day long!
— Barry Young (@Toonfan33) December 16, 2020
Clark was impressive & Fraser caused some issues for Leeds but apart from that i can’t find many positives for Newcastle players.
— NUFC HQ (@NUFC_HQ) December 16, 2020
Jamaal Lewis has been stealing a Premier League living in black and white. Needs dropping. Longstaff is a shadow of his former self. Ciaran Clarke has had a great game though. #NUFC
— Ryan Irving (@RiIrving) December 16, 2020
Jamal Lewis is so so bad. Play anyone else I beg you #nufc
— David Mitchell (@DavidMitch27) December 16, 2020
Jamaal Lewis is awful, how he hasn’t been dropped yet is beyond me #nufc
— Bradley Nicholls (@brad_nicholls9) December 16, 2020
— Mike Lewis (@leftpegdave) December 16, 2020