Under-18s report: Chelsea 1 Arsenal 2
Joe Haigh’s second-half free-kick wasn’t enough to mount a comeback as our Under-18s fell to a derby day defeat on Wednesday morning.
An attacking midfield player, he can play wide or as a number 10 and has good technique, which he works hard to improve all the time. He made six youth team appearances while still a schoolboy, scoring with a speciality free-kick in a 5-1 win over Swansea City in February 2018. He signed his first professional contract at the club on his 17th birthday.
In the 2018/19 season, Lewis made 25 domestic appearances and scored the first of four league goals against West Ham in a 5-0 away victory in October. His eight assists were also valuable as Andy Myers' side finished third in the southern division. The wideman made his UEFA Youth League debut in the second leg of our 14-1 aggregate win over Molde in October 2018.
Lewis featured mainly for the youth team in 2019/20 and netted his first Youth Cup hat-trick in the 7-0 win over Wolves, that came after his first goal at development squad level in the 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge in September. Nine goals in 31 Academy outings concluded a successful season for the midfielder who played a part both the FA Youth Cup run to the final and the development squad's title-winning campaign.
The new 2020/21 season saw Lewis step up to play regular development squad football and four goals and four assists from 10 Academy outings at the halfway point was a successful return for the youngster.