'Very exciting' £60m Newcastle United claim as transfer clause triggered

Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images
The Newcastle United left-back has been tipped as a big player for the future.

Eddie Howe is excited by Lewis Hall’s potential following his breakthrough into Newcastle United’s starting XI.

Having previously made just four starts in his opening six months after joining from Chelsea in August, Hall has equalled that tally in the past month, starting Premier League fixtures against Everton, Fulham, Sheffield United and Burnley.

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Howe felt the 19-year-old needed developing on the training pitch before being introduced into the team. And that behind the scenes work is beginning to pay off with the United head coach “really pleased” with the left-back’s recent performances.

Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United left-back Lewis Hall. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images

And his potential, according to Howe, is “very exciting”, not least when you consider 21-year-old Tino Livramento plays on the opposite side. In Hall and Livramento - who have cost a combined £60million, Newcastle could possess England’s future full-backs.

Discussing Hall’s development, Howe said: “A lot of hard work from Lewis, he has really committed to that. I think it was difficult for him because when you go to a new football club you want to impress everybody and play immediately but as a manager, I can only make what I think is the right decision for the team, not so much the individual and I have to pick and choose my moments when those players start to play.

“For me, Lewis had to go through a body of work to get where he is now. Really pleased with him, I think he’s done very well in the last group of games he’s played. Very exciting for what he can be in the future as there is a lot of improvement and growth in his game.

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“But I think he’s shown a high technical level, which was very good against Burnley. Really promising signs for the future. You look at Tino on the other side, the age of our two full-backs, that’s exciting for the future.”

Despite still technically being on loan form Chelsea, the performance-related criteria to bring Hall to St James’ Park permanently this summer has already been triggered.

Hall is set to start when the Magpies welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to St James’ Park this afternoon in what is their final home game of the 2023-24 campaign.

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