ormer Chelsea youngster Marcel Lewis has opened up on his struggles because transferring to Belgian higher-fliers Union – but the midfielder has a perception that he’ll shortly change his career around.
Just after accomplishment in the academy at Cobham, many predicted that his talent could dominate in the Belgian league when created the transfer from Chelsea in 2021.
Nevertheless, owing to a blend of trouble adapting to football overseas throughout the Covid pandemic and Union possessing a spectacularly superior year, the 20-year-outdated failed to crack into the group. Union would go on to end top of the Belgian very first division but shed in the title participate in-off ultimate to Club Brugge.
Lewis is satisfied to have called the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James crew-mates and observe on as Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori received trophies abroad final time. Still he just isn’t emotion beneath stress to straight away emulate what his peers have completed.
“It wasn’t an simple determination to make but I felt like at this phase of my profession that it was a thing I required to do to get experience,” Lewis tells Common Sport about leaving Chelsea. “I had a great give from Union. It was a very good chance to enjoy very first-workforce football and start off my journey once again.
“They definitely preferred me and had a fantastic strategy for me. It hasn’t took place for me but I believe that it will. It was tricky to depart Chelsea but in football, you occasionally have to choose the risk.
“I joined a excellent team that completed superior up the desk and it is like a household. But it was complicated for me, specially at initial, getting away from home. It was challenging for me to settle. I experienced a several points heading on each on and off the field that made it hard to settle in.
“I caught COVID a number of periods, and in the course of the lockdowns, I could not see my relatives due to the fact of the strict policies. It made it extra complicated becoming away from property.
“It was a new language, distinct lifestyle, diverse foods, not figuring out anyone about right here. It was a challenge and when you are not taking part in it is even much more tricky simply because you cannot do just about anything to just take your thoughts off it.”
Lewis adds: “When you see people you have played with accomplishing very well then you also want to do well. We all have unique pathways. I never look at them and believe they are executing properly and why am I not. We all have a diverse path so I just look at myself, continue to keep grounded and work for it.”
Whilst linked to Chelsea, Lewis was acquired from Cambridge United’s academy and arrived from a Liverpool-supporting household. His idols had been currently those on Merseyside before he arrived at Cobham.
“I cherished Steven Gerrard at Liverpool but increasing up, I needed to be like Ronaldinho the most, whilst genuinely loving R9 Ronaldo, as well,” he says. “These days, I like looking at Thiago Alcantara and [Philippe] Coutinho from the contemporary day.
“But I have my have model which is a mixture of imaginative and difficult-performing. I like the push, I like to hyperlink up, do capabilities, get set-pieces and score plans. I am a team participant.”
Immediately after actively playing just 90 minutes in Belgium in the course of the pandemic, Lewis took a bank loan spell at Accrington Stanley in League Just one for the next 50 percent of past period to get again on keep track of.
This summertime Lewis points out how he aims to assure that he avoids an additional squandered season, with Union now all set to compete in Europe and expanding in stature.
“I’ve been teaching all through the the vast majority of my time off, like 5 or six months,” he states. “I experienced to be ready. I assumed the very best way to do that is to proceed to train in the off-time so that in pre-time I will have a improved opportunity to impress.”
“I want to appear here and present what I can do.”