He has the ability to play in various positions and is seen as a utility player, which is highly sought-after. His ability to play anywhere in the midfield as well as out wide on defense makes him valuable for the team.
Coach Ben Olsen enjoys having a player such as Neal on the team because he can put him in for various situations and still thrive.
“He’s a versatile, smart kid who had been through a lot,” Olsen said. “Not many of you know Lewis Neal; he’s been around a long time. He’s been in some real games over in England, and he’s a really nice addition to the group.”
One teammate familiar with Neal is Perry Kitchen, who plays alongside him in the midfield.
“He’s a great player and definitely a guy you want on the field,” Kitchen said. “His experience and knowledge of the game have really helped us.”
“It would be an unbelievable achievement for me if I was able to experience that here with United,” Neal said.