Left-back has been a problem position for a quite a while for West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini was clearly not happy with either Arthur Masuaku or Aaron Cresswell last season.
Neither of them can be completely relied upon defensively and it seems the Frenchman eventually won the battle for regular game time at the end of the campaign because he was effective in the final third of the pitch.
It’s surprising, then, that Director of Football Mario Husillos hasn’t prioritised a new left-back ahead of other areas of the pitch this summer. There had been talk of Olympiakos’s Leonardo Koutris earlier in the year but that speculation eventually died down.
Since there have been very few left backs linked with a move to the London Stadium. One player that the Hammers could consider is Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis.
While the emergence of Max Aarons on the opposite flank garnered the headlines and attracted clubs like Manchester United, Lewis was equally consistent on the other side.
He was an integral part of Daniel Farke’s promotion-winning team, starting 42 out of 46 league games, scoring once and providing four assists.
At 21 years of age, he has massive potential, and it’s not a surprise that clubs like Manchester City have been looking at him as a possible transfer target.
Lewis has a lot of pace and energy and is able to run up and down the left flank throughout the game. Farke rarely substituted him and the player has kept himself relatively injury free, despite a couple of minor knocks.
He would certainly fit right into Manuel Pellegrini’s style of play, after having played in a Canaries team that were known for their expansive, attacking philosophy.
One issue in signing Lewis would be the fact that the fullback has recently signed a new contract. To ward off the attentions of both Bournemouth and Watford, he signed a new five-year deal back in October.
With Norwich now back in the top flight as well, they would likely fight tooth and nail to keep him. However, they are a club who do sell their top stars for the right price, like they did with James Maddison to Leicester a year ago.
Aarons is said to be rated at £15m, and while Lewis’s valuation is likely to be higher than the £10m he was valued at last summer, he could still be a player worth going after to fill a problem position in West Ham’s starting line up.