A massive bit of business was conducted by Aberdeen yesterday. The Dons secured the services of goalkeeper Joe Lewis on a five year deal, adding an extra four years onto his current contract at the club.
This is a great start to the summer for Derek McInnes. It shows fans that Lewis will be at Pittodrie for the long haul, and may even see out his career in red.
Added to that, he has been one of Aberdeen’s star performers for years now. He has bailed his side out on numerous occasions with sharp reflexes and eye-catching saves.
To have him penned down for five years is superb, as Lewis is the best goalkeeper in Scotland right now.
This may be quite a bold opinion, but it’ll take some good convincing to tell me otherwise. The Aberdeen keeper has performed brilliantly almost on a weekly basis since arriving in the Granite City in 2016.
Lewis is perfect for Dons captaincy
Aberdeen’s number one has been a first team regular since his arrival. The Englishman comes up with the goods on a regular basis for the Dons, providing a calming presence at the back. His 6ft 5in figure allows him to do things others simply can’t.
He can reach that bit higher and pluck a shot out of the top corner that bit easier. He is a force of nature in his 18 yard box, often claiming anything that is near him in the penalty area.
Lewis can find players well with his feet, having decent range and a good throwing arm to boot. He is the complete package, a goalkeeper who can do every part of the game brilliantly. This is why he is the best keeper in the land.
The Dons stopper may not be top of the clean sheet charts, but 12 of them isn’t to be sniffed at either. On top of that, no other keeper in Scotland is as well balanced as Lewis. Others may excel in different areas like handling or kicking, but the Aberdeen goalkeeper does brilliantly in every area.
McInnes and co deserve praise for getting Lewis to put pen to paper on this deal. There would have been heavy interest in the Dons stopper no doubt. He is capable of playing at a high level down south.
The shot stopper will be a Don for the next five years though. With captain Graeme Shinnie poised to leave the club in the summer, surely Lewis gets the armband now. He is a vital player and is definitely captain material with his commanding presence.
This is a great start to McInnes’ summer plans. With the league’s best goalkeeper tied down, he now has the foundations laid to start a rebuilding job in the summer.