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Jamal Lewis was the big loser of Newcastle United’s goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, despite not kicking a ball, after seeing Paul Dummett prosper in his place.
Toon boss Steve Bruce opted to bench Lewis for his side trip to The Hawthorns after hitting at £ 15 million Norwich City’s summer signing for their role in the Wolverhampton Wanderers draw the week before.
Bruce hit the sideline for failing to stop Pedro Neto’s delivery, prompting Ruben Neves to head home, feeling Lewis could have done more to keep the ball from entering Martin Dubravka’s area.
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Bruce said, via quotes from Live Chronicle, after the draw of the Wolves. “When you look at the goal, we should have stopped the center and when the goalkeeper looks at it, could he have done better?”
The visit of the wolves to St. James ‘Park Mark Lewis’ 20 start from 23 Premier League matches for Newcastle to date, but fell to the bench against West Brom for the first time since January after a streak of nine consecutive 90-minute appearances.
That race also brought Lewis back only help in black and white in all competitions, with the 23-year-old, whom Bruce described as “a very exciting prospect” when he signed, selecting the unmarked Callum Wilson to beat Everton at halftime and seal a 2-0 victory.
Dummett was unable to sway the scoring at The Hawthorns on Sunday as United were forced to settle for a point against relegation rivals, but produced a dominant defensive display to help keep the Baggies at bay.
The weekend’s affair marked only the 29-year-old. third exit and fourth appearance of the Premier League season so far, having played just 23 minutes of top-notch football since recovering from a thigh injury last month.
However, Dummett more than justified his retirement, with the Wales international regularly positioned well to thwart West Brom’s advances down the Magpies’ left channel and being praised as a player “much better defensively than Lewis” by The echo of the north.
Despite getting tired towards the end of the game, which is acceptable for a player. outcast twice this season due to injury since he recovered from the hamstring problem sustained last January, Dummett was only dribbled once by a West Brom player on Sunday, according to Who scored.
Ciaran Clark – who is regarded as one of the most consistent in the club performers – was hit on the ground with the same frequency, while making an interception less (1) than the injury prone £ 35,000 per week side (2).
Dummett even won four joint aerial duels, the most of the team, and took 63 touches, the third most by a Toon player behind Emil Krafth (70) and Clark (68).
Lewis has averaged just 46.8 touches per Premier League game this season, along with 0.4 aerial duels won and 0.5 interceptions, while he has been dribbled past 0.9 times, by SofaScore.
The 23-year-old’s inability to avoid Neto’s cross, after being beaten by a quick burst of pace, had clearly left Bruce disappointed against the Wolves as well.
And now watching Dummett step in and rise to the challenge against a West Brom team so desperate for a result is sure to see the five cap the winger has the most shares in Friday’s clash with Aston Villa.
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