Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign at St. James’ Park got here to an finish final 12 months as Saudi Arabian consortium PIF accomplished their takeover of Newcastle United in October.
One in every of their first acts on Tyneside was to take away Steve Bruce from his publish as supervisor they usually ultimately appointed Eddie Howe to exchange the now out-of-contract coach.
Bruce had his ups and downs throughout his time on the membership and a few of his selections, aided by Ashley, are nonetheless inflicting issues at Newcastle up to now.
One signing the previous Toon supervisor made that’s nonetheless hurting the Magpies is left-back Jamal Lewis. He was introduced in from Norwich for a reported charge of £15m in the summertime of 2020 and has struggled to make a constructive impression on the pitch in simply over two years.
The defender performed 24 video games in his first season for Newcastle and averaged a dismal SofaScore score of 6.48 – inserting him twenty sixth within the squad. He then performed 5 Premier League matches for Bruce and Howe mixed within the first half of the 2021/22 marketing campaign as he fell out of favour.
The total-back reportedly rejected mortgage affords from Birmingham and Stoke within the Championship on deadline day earlier than being axed from the membership’s squad for the second half of the season, as he was deemed surplus to necessities.
Former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny questioned his choice to show down these strikes on the time, chatting with Soccer Insider: “Personally, if it was me, I might need to exit and get some recreation time.
“It’s that or I’m not taking part in. It’s not such as you may be again in if there are a couple of accidents.
“You actually can’t play. It’s an enormous choice to make. It’s actually unusual. He’ll simply be coaching daily for the following 4 months or so. That helps nobody.”
A number of sources state that his wages are £38k-per-week and which means that the defender is incomes round £2m per 12 months at St. James’ Park, which implies that Newcastle might have saved roughly £1m if he had moved on mortgage for the second half of final season and Stoke or Birmingham lined all of his wages.
As a substitute, he rejected these mortgage affords and cashed in on £2m in wages in 2021/22 while taking part in 5 league matches in complete, after raking in £2m in his first season. Which means he has value the membership a staggering £19m up to now – together with the preliminary £15m charge – and that determine will solely rise between now and January, with Newcastle paying him roughly £500k for the reason that begin of July for this season to this point.
Lewis has performed 11 minutes of soccer within the Premier League this time period and, primarily based on Howe’s earlier picks and the defender’s poor type in his final prolonged run of video games, it appears unlikely that he’ll break into the beginning XI any time quickly.
Due to this fact, except he leaves in January, he could have rinsed Newcastle for £21m by the tip of this season with out contributing high quality performances, or many performances, on the pitch in that point.
He has been a poor signing up to now and PIF are nonetheless being rinsed by his wages each month due to Bruce’s choice to convey him to Tyneside in 2020.