West Ham need to start thinking ahead to the future when looking at transfer activity.
There are certain positions where West Ham could be stronger. The wise thing to do would be to bring in a young player to provide a long-term solution in that department.
One such area is left-back, where Aaron Cresswell has struggled in recent times and Arthur Masuaku has shown glimpses but his defending is occasionally questionable.
West Ham could look at Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis to solve their problems. In our EFL scout piece, we take a look at why the Hammers should take a punt on this youngster.
About Jamal Lewis
The 20-year-old is still very young but already established as a regular at Carrow Road.
Under Daniel Farke, Lewis has played 28 times for the first-team. This season, he has featured in four league matches.
The Northern Ireland international also has earned one cap for his country. At such a young age, he is so highly rated by club and country.
Lewis rose to prominence last season, heading in an equaliser in a televised FA Cup match against Chelsea while he was still a teenager.
His favoured position is left-back, but he can operate as a left-wing-back as well because he likes attacking.
The next Aaron Cresswell
Lewis would be Cresswell’s long-term successor at The London Stadium if he joined.
Ever since his long-term injury, Cresswell has not been the same and he needs a younger player to compete with him for that spot.
Lewis is already playing regular football in the Championship and could see Cresswell as the inspiration.
The 28-year-old joined West Ham from Norwich’s rivals Ipswich Town and he went on to win the Hammer of the Year accolade in his first season at the club.
Lewis could follow in his footsteps, making the step up from Championship football to the top flight and shining.
How would he fit in at West Ham?
Lewis would be an excellent acquisition looking ahead to the future. Aged 20, he has so much potential to grow into and become a top player one day.
I am not sure that Lewis is ready to arrive at West Ham and make an immediate impact on the first-team.
If he did move to East London, he would probably start off as Cresswell’s deputy but then he would soon replace him in that left-back spot.
Norwich starlet Lewis could be the long-term answer to West Ham’s left-back problem.