Newcastle United are drawing up transfer plans after last week’s takeover, but the Saudi-led investment could leave Jamal Lewis playing for his future at St James’ Park already.

Steve Bruce signed Lewis last September for an initial £20m after Norwich City dropped out of the Premier League. The full-back was a fixture of the Canaries’ backline during his final year at Carrow Road, however he has not enjoyed such a luxury on Tyneside this year.

Lewis started his debut Magpies campaign as Bruce’s first-choice left-back, but fell out of favour in February. He started 20 of 23 appearances over the opening six-months of the term, yet only played six-minutes over the Toon’s final 12 games as they fought relegation.

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Lewis’ status became Matt Ritchie’s understudy, and has continued to support the 32-year-old at Newcastle so far this season. While Bruce has started the Scot in all seven games to date, Lewis has only played once for just six-minutes.

Ritchie, in contrast, is yet to not see out the full 90 this term, as he delivers constant, hard-fought performances. A sight Lewis rarely offered when on the field last season, with Bruce admitting he struggled with the learning curve.

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“He is a wonderful athlete,” Bruce said, via Chronicle Live, in July. “It was a big learning curve for him last year, and he is only a young boy.”

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Bruce also noted in May that Lewis’ lack of experience meant Newcastle turned to Ritchie when the going got tough. “He’s done nothing wrong. I think he’s got a huge future for us. I see him train every day and watch him, and he’s a young player. I’ve just gone for a bit of experience at a time when I felt we’ve needed it most,” he claimed, via Chronicle Live.

Lewis must now show more of a response to falling behind Ritchie if he is to secure a future at Newcastle, as the club’s transfer plans begin to ramp up following last week’s takeover. The Toon have the cash to build a side capable of more than staving off the drop. But Lewis has failed to cement a place in a Newcastle side fighting at the bottom, let alone the top.

Newcastle will feel left-back is an area where a transfer can be an upgrade if Ritchie keeps Lewis out continually. The Toon explored potential signings in the position this summer, with L’Equipe citing Romain Perraud before he joined Southampton.