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What to expect from Lewis Hall at Newcastle

Newcastle United are a club on the rise and the Magpies will be hoping that new signing Lewis Hall can play a major role in their new era.

The highly-rated 18-year-old has arrived on loan from Chelsea in a deal that will be made permanent at the end of the season for an initial fee of £28m.

Hall could be in the squad for Sunday's Premier League clash at St James' Park, where Newcastle are 23/20 to defeat 2/1 visitors Liverpool, and we assess how the new arrival is likely to fare in the north-east.

WhatNewcastle v Liverpool
WhereSt James' Park, Newcastle
When16:30, Sunday 27th August
How to watchSky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event
OddsNewcastle 23/20, Draw 11/4, Liverpool 2/1 

Newcastle boss Howe excited about latest signing

St James' Park already holds a special place in Hall's heart as it was the venue where he made his Premier League debut for Chelsea in a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in November 2022.

Born in Slough in September 2004, Hall came through the academy at Chelsea but he will be aiming to make his name in the black and white of Newcastle after becoming the club's fifth summer signing.

Sandro Tonali, Harvey Barnes, Tino Livramento and Yankuba Minteh have all arrived to bolster a squad who finished fourth in the top flight last season and the Magpies are 20/1 to win the Champions League on their return to the competition in 2023/24.

Teenager Hall is clearly one for the future, having made just 11 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions last season, but his new manager Eddie Howe is delighted with the signing.

Howe has praised the youngster's "quality, versatility and high potential" and it will be interesting to see how much playing time Hall is given in his first campaign at Newcastle.

Future looks bright for Magpies in full-back positions

While Newcastle supporters look forward to their first glimpse of an exciting young English talent, Chelsea fans will be disappointed to have lost Hall, who was named the Blues' Academy Player of the Year in 2023.

His sale reflects the need for Chelsea to recoup funds after spending heavily on players such as Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk this year but the 18-year-old was always highly regarded by the Blues, signing a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.

Hall has primarily played as a left-back, the position that Dan Burn has nailed down for Newcastle since his arrival from Brighton in January 2022.

However, at the age of 31, Burn is not a long-term option for the ambitious Magpies, who are 1/1 to finish in the top four of the Premier League again this season.

Newcastle are clearly planning for the future in the full-back positions after snapping up Southampton's 20-year-old right-back Livramento, another product of the Chelsea youth system, earlier this summer.

Like Livramento, Hall has represented England at youth levels from Under-15 to Under-21 and he featured for England Under-19s in their European Championship qualifying campaign earlier this year.

Versatile youngster could find his role in defence

Hall comes from a Newcastle-supporting family and, despite a loan offer from Crystal Palace this summer, he has opted to head north in search of first-team opportunities.

His versatility should help him in that respect as the full-back is also comfortable playing in midfield or even in an attacking role down the left flank.

He found himself behind England left-back Ben Chilwell and big-money signing Marc Cucurella in the battle for places in the Chelsea starting line-up and his best chance of getting into Newcastle's team is likely to be as a defender.

Joelinton has been a consistent presence on the left side of the Magpies' midfield three under Howe while Barnes and Anthony Gordon are exciting options at left-wing, where Sweden star Alexander Isak can also play.

However, Newcastle's return to Europe this term means they will need more squad depth than they did last term and they have some crucial early-season fixtures coming up.

Howe's men kicked off the new campaign in style with a 5-1 home win over Aston Villa before going down 1-0 to champions Manchester City last weekend.

After Sunday's game against Liverpool, they face a trip to Brighton, who have thumped Luton and Wolves 4-1 in their first two outings this season.

The Magpies are 7/4 to beat the 7/5 Seagulls on 2nd September and they host an impressive Brentford side on 17th September, just before the start of the Champions League group stage.

These are exciting times on Tyneside and Newcastle are 5/2 to land a major trophy in 2023/24 with the help of Hall and his fellow new recruits.

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