Lewis aims to ‘make an impact’ for Canaries following his first-team debut
©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222
Norwich City’s latest academy graduate Jamal Lewis is aiming to make an immediate impact to force his way into Daniel Farke’s starting XI.
The 19-year-old was given a warm welcome by the Carrow Road crowd when he replaced Marco Stiepermann at left-back with City already 2-0 down during Friday night’s disappointing 2-1 defeat to Brentford.
It was a difficult situation for the Northern Ireland Under-21 international to make his professional bow and a mixture of good and nervous moments followed.
“At the end of the day, it’s about the team so I’m disappointed,” the Luton-born youngster said. “We’ve got a lot of games in the Christmas period and hopefully we can turn it around. I feel ready to go and want to show the boss what I can do.
“Helping the team win is all that matters. Getting in the team and getting the points is the target for me.
“I’ve been training with the first team for a while now so I’m used to the tempo. Now, it’s about getting used to the league.
“Hopefully I can adapt quickly and make an impact.”
Lewis joined the Canaries academy from hometown club Luton Town in 2014 and played a key part under Daniel Farke during pre-season, before a knee injury kept him out for four months.
With Stiepermann’s lack of experience at full-back become more obvious in recent weeks and James Husband on his way back from a month out with a groin issue, Lewis could get another chance at Birmingham City on Boxing Day.
He still found time to relish his big moment though – and set his sights on more game time.
“It feels like it’s been a long time coming, with my injury. Even last season, I felt close to making my debut and I just want to kick on now,” Lewis added, speaking to City’s website.
“My mum was up in the crowd so got to watch it. It was a proud moment for her and for my family, because they’ve been on my journey with me and they’re the ones I try to make proud every day.
“The debut is done with now though. I just want to get into the team and help us get some wins.”
• With James Husband still thought to be doubtful for the trip to Birmingham, would you start Lewis against the Blues? Let us know in the poll above