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Newcastle Tracking Top Dutch International Left Back

2:33 pm, Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

There was news last week in the Chronicle that Chief Scout had been tracking PSV left back Jetro Willems (last season), and the lad is only 21 but has already played 15 times for the Netherlands and looks like a great left back in the making.

The youngster has already played 142 times for PSV with 8 goals and 24 assists and he will be well known by former PSV captain Gini Wijnaldum – who is now at Newcastle and captained PSV for the last two seasons.

Before he joined PSV in 2011 at age 17 – Jetro had played 16 times for Sparta Rotterdam.


21 year-old Jetro Willems – Newcastle interested

One problem Newcastle will have in wanting to sign him in January is that he is out at the moment with a serious knee injury he picked up in pre-season training in July – and hasn’t played so far this year and is not expected back until early next year.

So it would be difficult for Newcastle to sign this player in January, but he could be a target in the summer, after he’s been back playing again.

Willems was in the Netherlands team that won the UEFA European U17 Championships back in 2011.

He also made the final cut into the 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 tournament and in May, 2012 Willems made his first appearance for the Netherlands against Bulgaria, having just turned 18.

But he did not make the final cut for the Netherlands World Cup squad last year in Brazil because of a knee injury.

Willem’s contract runs out in 18 months time and Newcastle could even get a decent deal on the player.

But there will be some top clubs after this top young left-back with Manchester United and Liverpool known to be very keen on the player.

But with Newcastle having a number of Dutch players already in the squad and his former captain Gini Wijnaldum already on Tyneside – we could have a decent enough chance of signing him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:44 PM


  • 2 Reyantoon // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Still wondering how Perez scored that incredible second goal from a tight angle.For one,the ball was bounced high & very difficult to hit.Second, he was under pressure from strong lad Verthongen.Incredible!

    I think McLaren should start with Mitrovic and Perez than Cisse and Siem although the latter 2 doing fairly good.Mitrovic can bully defenders and can hold high balls with his chest,while
    Perez has pace and some instinctive finishes.

  • 3 WWSBRD // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Would be amazed if we signed him tbh though if this sudden form peak continues he may be swayed to a mid table team

  • 4 nufc786 // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    So Should we sell Riviere or give him a chance to play with Mitro? He has been linked with Lille..

    He could do well playing off Mitro and his build up play is not bad but he just cant hit the target…

  • 5 firebug666 // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    It wets the appetite he’s a great young left back and maybe he would love to come here and reunite with Wijnaldum, but I thought he was injured.

    It would certainly bring our left side to life with him and Wijnaldum.

  • 6 Reyantoon // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Flogging out Haidara & getting Willems in makes perfect sense!!

  • 7 WWSBRD // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Selling our only LB in order to bring in a LB not sure that does makes sense bud

  • 8 firebug666 // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:57 PM


    Personally I think Riviere should be given a chance to play in his best position, He has been crying out for a good partner and Mitrovic could be the man.

    I won’t read to much into his missing some sitters, as along with the rest of the team his confidence was low, and nothing was coming together for them, He is defiantly not a lone striker, and being so isolated maybe contributed to his lack of confidence in front of goal.

    His movement and positioning were very good, his hold up play not bad, same with his passing, just finishing was his problem, given time in this team it may come good for him.

    However after all that, is he fit? we have seen nothing of him at all this season.

  • 9 nufc786 // Dec 14, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    here we go…

  • 10 firebug666 // Dec 14, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    I was just thinking of a nice 4-4-2





  • 11 Ravostag // Dec 14, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Riviere had his chance last season not good enough same as Goofy, Marveaux, Sameobi, Fergy, Cabella move them on

  • 12 Moonraker15 // Dec 14, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Your line up with no DM would lose most weeks in the PL. That’s our weakness at the moment anyway. You need at least one ball-winner and I’m hoping we sign a top one in January.

  • 13 goommy // Dec 14, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Get him now!! can we?

  • 14 Sav // Dec 15, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    It starts off we get a couple of French players. We have good relationships there. A good scouting network. The French players are flourishing and we go back in, the media stating other French players will want to come because our players have told all their French mates. A few more do come.
    Next, one or two have a poor spell and don’t play so well. Then its all ‘we’ve too many French players. There’s a clique in the dressing room. We need more British players. The manager doesn’t speak French, there are communication problems.
    Now I can see this rubbish being written about the Dutch.

  • 15 The overrated Frenchman // Dec 15, 2015 at 2:42 AM

    Seems kind of pointless, this speculation about who we may or may not sign. In case you haven’t noticed, Sports Direct is dying by degrees, day on day. Ashley will either pull all expenditure out of the club or try to sell it. It’s tricky for him because he won’t be able to conclude a sale before the end of the transfer window. So he’s stuck with a club in a relegation battle, which will lose enormous value if it goes down. But he really can’t afford to put up the money to buy players in his current plight. So, my theory is there will be no spending in January. The club will go on the market, at the end of the season, either as a Premier or Championship league team. He’ll roll the dice, obviously hoping for the former, but his ongoing failure to adequately protect his investment may well result in the latter. However you cut the cloth, dark days lie ahead for NUFC. The Ashley era was never going to end well, and it may just be that it ends with the spectacular implosion that was always possible with a man like him sitting at the controls.

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