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.