It seems that Willems, who Newcastle were heavily linked with while he was at PSV, is looking to leave Frankfurt this summer due to limited playing time at the Bundesliga club.
This is part of what he has said to Bild.
“It’s not easy for me, I admit, I’ve had good times here, now they’re less so, not bad, but unhappy, my adviser is in talks, because I have to go to get ahead in my career and give a new push”
We wonder if Newcastle would still have any interest in the 25-year-old Dutchman. He would be a cheaper option than PSG’s Stanley N’Soki, though is older and would have a lot less potential.
He would also offer more going forward than the twenty-year-old Frenchman and would be a perfect fit for the left wing-back position.
Willems only started 7 games in the Bundesliga last season but did make 23 appearances. However, 17 of those were as a central midfielder and this seems to be a point of contention for Willems.
This is also what he said to Bild.
“To reach my goal and play again in the national team, I have to play left defender. As a midfielder, I have no chance at all.
“My consultant is in talks, because I have to go to get ahead to give my career a new push.
“I’m not disappointed with what’s happening. We created something special last season and I was part of it.
“I also became cup winner. Going to Frankfurt was definitely not a mistake.”
He certainly seems resigned to leave Frankfurt this summer. He joined them two seasons ago from PSV Eindhoven for around €5m and we would suspect Newcastle could get him for less than that now.
Willems would be a good experienced option at left wing-back and he would fit the role at Newcastle perfectly. This is a position of need for the club and we’re not sure N’Soki fits the role very well.
He could even be used as cover for central midfield. Or maybe that would not be a good idea.