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Newcastle Still Tracking 25-Year-Old Dutch International


Newcastle have been linked with Frankfurt left-back Jetro Willems since his days at PSV Eindhoven when his good friend Georginio Wijnaldum played at Newcastle. Our first reported interest was back in December 2015.

Jetro Willems -Newcastle still very interested

Willems was interviewed on the Dutch program VTBL Sunday evening and claimed that both Roma and Newcastle are interested in him.

We were last linked with Willems in December, so Newcastle have maintained a constant interest in the 22 times capped international.

Willems joined Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2017 for £4.5M and has since played 65 times for the German club.

Though this past season, Willems has found it hard to get into the Frankfurt side starting only seven games in the Bundesliga. Of those seven starts, only one has been since December.

Due to Frankfurt’s formation of having three center-backs, Willems has mostly played in midfield this season. Whereas last season he made 19 starts in the league primarily on the left.

In this interview, it appears as though the player is frustrated at Frankfurt with his lack of playing time and being played out of position.

With Newcastle in need of a left-back, Willems certainly fits the mold. He is still young, having just turned twenty-five and also would not require a significant fee.

The concern we would have is that this player has been tracked since the McClaren days and may not be a player that Rafa rates.

However, if Rafa would sanction the deal, then Jetro Willems could be a good addition to the Newcastle squad.


69 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s reputed to have a big ego and often falls out with
    fellow players – maybe not Rafa’s cup of tea.

    1
  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Rafa would probably be of a mind to swerve any player tracked for McClaren whether Carr – sourced or not. I don’t see this one happening somehow just appears like a rehashed opportunist bit of hack rumour.

    2
  • RobLeenio

    May 20, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    DubaiMicky
    May 20, 2019 at 8:12 AM
    Comment #2
    As for Ashley flying to see Rafa – I really don’t think so. The next we’ll hear about anything concrete is when there’s a press conference announced a t SJP.

    Incidentally does anyone know the number of ashLIE’s helichopter? That can easily be tracked…

    I see #chopperwatch is alive and well and in capable hands with DubaiMicky.

    Funny, though, I thought watching choppers was illegal in Dubai

    😉

    3
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 20, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    A good player but sure if he has the mentality to play for Rafa best looking for someone better!

    So West Brom can’t afford Gayle’s wages?! He is now on 55k a week!? Must have been from when he got that new contract

    Personally I would keep Gayle next season which would allow us to sell Joselu and get someone younger to replace him! The jury is also out on Muto and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get shifted as well.

    Rondon isn’t going to play 38 games next season so we need someone to compete with him that knows the system and knows what to do! The new formation would create a lot more chances for Gayle than what he was previously getting for us the season before!

    Gives Rafa an option to play the two of them up front in some games as well as both would pressure defenders!

    Gayle is also a very useful option to have off the bench!

    Just can’t see Rafa being allowed to get Rondon and another striker better than Gayle in terms of a budget

    6
  • RobLeenio

    May 20, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Gayle couldn’t hit a barn door in our first season in the Prem. It’s as if he feels he has to snatch at chances as he knows he has less time to pick a spot. In snatching at them, he often hits the keeper or misses the target.

    It was frustrating in our first season back in the Prem watching a player I expected to have a great season miss chance after chance which he was burying in the Champo. I just don’t think he can make it in the Prem, much as I like him, and should stay in the Champo to be in contention for the golden boot every year.

    West Brom saying they can’t afford his wages – is this a tactic in advance of negotiating over Rondon? Otherwise it just makes no sense at all. His wages will almost guarantee them another shot at promotion next season.

    2
  • martoon

    May 20, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    People seem to be panicking that we can’t do any transfer business because Rafa and Ashley are still negotiating but the season hasn’t really ended yet – I can’t imagine Liverpool or Spurs will be selling any players yet!

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    May 20, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    I can’t imagine Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea or Arsenal will be selling anyone to us this window martoon.

    4
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 20, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #8

    @Robleenio

    I think a lot of it was down to confidence and him having fitness issues by the end of the season he was causing teams real problems with his movement etc

    I just can’t see Rafa being allowed to bring in Rondon and another striker of a similar calibre which is what we need to take us forward so Gayle might be the next best option as even if we get 20 million for him we would only receive 4 million in installments that window……..

    2
  • Ron Knee

    May 20, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #9

    “Graham Potter close to being named Brighton boss

    “The Swansea manager is set to be named as Brighton’s replacement for Chris Hughton, and it could be announced as early as today.”

    Is this a wise choice?

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    May 20, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Dennis?!

    2
  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Marcelo Bielsa says he’s the best English coach he’s
    encountered.
    Although that opinion may have been revised in favour
    of F.Lampard jnr

    1
  • G

    May 20, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #12

    With regard to Gayle, lots of the press believe he is off to Fulham once they have sold Mitrovic to WHU.

    2
  • martoon

    May 20, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #13

    DubaiMicky @7 – I’m not sure if you are being facetious or just missed my point? I’m not saying we’ll be buying Liverpool or Spurs players but just that they won’t be active in the transfer window yet either!

    1
  • martoon

    May 20, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Not football related at all but this did make me smile
    https://twitter.com/richie_rich77/status/1130158600113053696

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #15

    A couple of non NUFC related items in the media caught my eye over the weekend.

    One is the reality show exploitation of those on them and you do have to feel a bit of sympathy for the blokes who are told to sh^g as many beautiful women as they can, poor s0ds.

    The other was a mention was the possibility of a Mayfair restaurant opening to serve to the rich and famous the specialised street food of Sunderland, Teeside, Seaham and Blythe.

    Just a bit curious of what that is?

    1
  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Blyth has no “e”

    1
  • Novocastrian66

    May 20, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Liverpool’s, Spurs’, Chelsea’s and Arsenal’s season isn’t over yet. Probably the key reason why those clubs have not been involved in the transfer market yet.

    0
  • Novocastrian66

    May 20, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh and Chelsea currently have a transfer embargo.

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Not that long then for willems to be linked!

    ronaldo aarons
    May 20, 2019 at 9:56 AM
    Comment #8
    Jetro Willems looking to move, wonder how long until we are linked again.

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafa has mentioned a couple times, everyone has their targets and the position we find ourselves in is in order to get the first choice targets, we have to move early. His words.

    If we are being delayed, we’ll likely lose out on our targets.

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #21

    martoon

    Obviously it’s art, stick it on ebay and she’ll make a fortune!

    I’m still debating whether to encase a McCoy’s crisp with what looks like a small crisp butterfly on it in silicon gell and stick that on ebay!

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib
    Is there two ee’s in pedantic?

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Woke blog police rule OK!

    1
  • Jib

    May 20, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Bill
    No
    But there are in “bad speller”

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Can Chelsea loan players out?

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Is that bad as in the Micheal Jackson interpretation?

    1
  • Novocastrian66

    May 20, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #27

    The players return for preseason training on the 4th of July, 4 days after Rafa’s deal ends. The club need to either pay Rafa off or give him a new deal this week. To allow Rafa’s contract to run down would be complete incompetence.

    1
  • Mindshaft

    May 20, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #28

    No premier league clubs have entered the transfer market yet, everything is just paper talk – most players / managers etc have just started their holidays

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 20, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Anyway back to the garden to provide some midge sustenance!

    0
  • Mindshaft

    May 20, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #30

    rumour: Sheffield United will break their transfer record to get Dwight Gayle …..

    their transfer currently stands at 5.08 million for James Beattie !!! maybe they’ll take the Hoss instead

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 20, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Mindshaft
    Bournemouth have bought a £13m defender.

    0
  • DubaiMicky

    May 20, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #32

    martoon, I was agreeing with you, no chance of us buying players from those clubs whether or not their season has ended! They’ll be too expensive for owld blubberlegs.

    1
  • Belfast

    May 20, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #33

    To be fair to West Bromwich a 15 million transfer fee and a 4-5 year contract on 55 grand a week is a pretty significant outlay like.
    It’s just not viable for a championship club that’s looking to cut costs. It would actually be a lot cheaper for them to keep Rondon for the final year of his contract.

    3
  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Essex

    The street food of Sunderland is wide and varied and includes discarded kebabs, burgers, chicken and chips as well as ice creams and half full drinks containers. Delights to tickle the taste buds of the gentry.

    2
  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Essex

    And said restaurant’ll be named Skips!

    3
  • lesh

    May 20, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #36

    The point about moving early on transfers is to get ’em in before others show interest and prices go up.

    2
  • Online Guy

    May 20, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Count

    Thanks for your comments.

    Have a good day all . I’m on the road.

    Let’s hope we have good news by 18:00 hrs.

    0
  • RobLeenio

    May 20, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Street food of Sunderland and Teesside? Chicken Parmos and Chaisey Cheps!

    Not sure I know what culinary delights Blythe has brought to the Nation’s palate, but perhaps I’m being unfair.

    1
  • Ron Knee

    May 20, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #39

    “Nigel Farage hit by a milkshake in Newcastle city centre. He’s furious. Telling his security “it’s a failure” and “how did that happen”. He’s just been whisked away in a car. Full story on http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk soon.”

    2
  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #40

    specialised street food of Sunderland, Teeside, Seaham and Blyth?

    In order that would likely be –

    Cheesy chips
    Cheesy chips
    Parmo
    Anything crammed into a stottie.

    1

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