Newcastle Tracking Top Dutch International Left Back

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?

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