Veteran Goalkeeper Joe Lewis: A Surprise Addition to Manchester United’s Radar
Reports indicate that former Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis has caught the eye of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, who has extended an invitation for Lewis to join first-team training at the club. The possibility of Lewis earning a short-term deal this summer, akin to Jonny Evans’ trajectory, looms if he impresses during his time at Carrington.
Manchester Evening News reports that Lewis began training with the club in December to maintain his fitness levels and has intermittently participated in first-team sessions since then. At 36 years old and currently without a club after departing Aberdeen last summer, Lewis is seeking to reignite his career.
Lewis, who spent seven years at Aberdeen, has been using United’s facilities for training, initially reaching out to one of the club’s coaches last year. While primarily training with the academy, Lewis has joined senior players, including young goalkeeping talents Dermot Mee and Kie Plumley, when additional goalkeepers were required.
Recent reports indicate Lewis’ involvement in a training session alongside Altay Bayindir and other players who didn’t feature in United’s recent victory against West Ham United. Born in Suffolk, Lewis began his career with Norwich City’s academy before embarking on loan spells and eventually securing a permanent move to Peterborough United.
With Tom Heaton expected to depart upon the expiration of his contract, Ten Hag is seeking an experienced third goalkeeper to provide cover for Andre Onana and Bayindir. Lewis, if he impresses during his time at United, could potentially fill this role seamlessly, much like Jonny Evans did last summer.
Evans returned to Carrington to bolster his fitness before ultimately signing a one-year contract with United. Despite initial expectations, Evans has made significant contributions this season, highlighting the potential for Lewis to carve out a similar path and potentially fulfill his dream move in the twilight of his career.