Name: Lewis Montsma
Position: Central Defender
Born: 25 April 1998, Amsterdam
Former Club: FC Dordrecht
Contract Expires: June 2023 (according to transfermarkt)
Lincoln Appearances 2020/21: 45 (4) Goals 9
Dutch defender Lewis Montsma signed for the Imps on July 14, 2020, a surprise capture that few could have predicted. He made an exciting start to his Lincoln City career, rifling home a volley on his debut in the club’s 2-1 win against Crewe in the League Cup. A week later he made his Football League debut, helping City to a clean sheet in the 2-0 victory against Oxford United.
Montmsa had a remarkable September for the Imps, scoring in the league cup win against Bradford City, and in the 7-2 reverse at the hands of reigning PL Champions Liverpool in round three. He also scored against Charlton, Blackpool and Bristol Rovers in the league, with his goal against Blackpool earning us a 3-2 victory just minutes after being 2-1 down.
The goalscoring exploits slowed a little, with a winner away at Swindon and a long-range drive at Rochdale coming before Christmas. Montsma was one of the players affected by the Covid scare at the club, subsequently missing matches from January 9th to early February.
Montsma started his career with Dutch top-flight side Heerenveen, before a move to Cambur. He didn’t make an appearance for either, instead moving to Dordrecht which is where he has developed as a player. He made his first-team debut in August 2018 against NEC and impressed with a number of dominant displays.
Dordrecht are thought to have wanted him to remain at the club, but their football fortunes have not been so good as they finished second from bottom of their division. He’s made 48 senior appearances for his club, 23 in each of the last two seasons as well as a single cup outing in both years as well. Interestingly, he has been a teammate of Brandon Ormund-Ottewell, a one-time Imps trialist.
Prior to moving to England, Lewis explained how he came to settle at clubs despite his tender years. “If you play at FC Dordrecht, the people of Dordrecht know you, but not outside. If you play at Ajax, then the whole country knows you. One can handle it better than the other. But I am a very calm person and I don’t do anything crazy. My parents released me very early on and trusted that I made the right choices. That is why I was able to move to Heerenveen at such a young age. It also made me mature quite quickly, I think. Everything was your own responsibility. It was possible to make one mistake, after that it was no longer allowed. ”
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