Jetro Willems was at St. James’ Park early last season to support his pal Georginio Wijnaldum, who had just arrived at Newcastle, and at that time last August, it was hinted that Jetro was a Newcastle target for next season.
But the left-back had been injured in training last July and only came back from his knee injury in late January, and he was back in the Netherlands side last Friday night when they played France at the Amsterdam ArenA and lost 3-2.
Jetro Willems – Newcastle target in the summer
There is news today in the Mirror that Manchester City are interested in signing the left-back in the summer – and would be significant competition for us, given we are still a Premier League side by then.
City – the best team money can buy – are reported to have sent scouts to watch him play in Amsterdam last Friday night.
The 21 year-old PSV left back is still only 21, but he has already played 16 times for the Netherlands and looks a world-class left-back in the making.
The youngster has played 152 times for PSV with 9 goals and 27 assists – and as we mentioned he is friends with former PSV captain Gini Wijnaldum.
Before he joined PSV in 2011 at age 17 – Jetro had played 16 times for Sparta Rotterdam.
Willems was in the Netherlands team that won the UEFA European U17 Championships back in 2011.
Jetro also made the 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 tournament – and in May, 2012 he made his International debut 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 June of next year and Newcastle could even get a decent deal on the player this summer.
But there will be some top clubs other than Manchester City after him, with Manchester United and Liverpool also known to be keen on the defender.
City and new manager Pep Guardiola will be a big draw for the youngster, but so will Rafa Benitez and Newcastle if we can remain a Premier League club in the summer.
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