Newcastle were interested in Jetro Willems, the Dutch International left back, as far ago as when we signed Ginni Wijnaldum in the summer of 2015.
Here’s an article we wrote about Willems in mid-December 2015.
The two of them are good friends, and Willems even came to watch Ginni play at Newcastle and at the time we thought that was a good sign we could get him signed.
But then we were relegated, and all bets were off.
Two years ago Willems joined Eintracht Frankfurt from PSV, and he’s had a tough time of it with him being played in multiple positions and not being to hold down a first-team starting position.
25-year-old Jetro Willems – talented full-back at a bargain price
The natural left-back (left wing-back) has often been deployed in a central midfield role in Germany which shows how skilled he is, but he likes to play on the hand side at the back and forage down the wing.
We reported on the situation earlier this week and since we reported that he had been interviewed in Bild and has said that Newcastle are indeed after him this summer.
When younger he was a highly rated player with clubs like Manchester United after him.
He was a highly-rated young defender but hasn’t done very well in Germany over the last couple of years and has become frustrated.
Bild report that if Eintracht can recoup the £6M Frankfurt paid for him two years ago (his transfer fee of two years ago varies depending on the source), Newcastle can get a deal.
Fulham are also said to be interested, but they now have no chance to get him since they have been relegated back to the Championship.
That fee for an excellent player who has fallen on hard times – football wise – would be a risk for Newcastle, but certainly a worthwhile one.
We trust in Rafa’s judgment, and he could make Jetro into a world-class player again – or close to one.
If we can sign Jetro, he would give local lad Paul Dummett real competition at left back and since and they are different types of full-backs that will give Rafa more options.
If only the club can sign Rafa to a long term deal we can start to sing these players in the transfer like other Premier League clubs are starting to do.
What do you think?