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New Signing Happy After Chaotic Start To Season


Jetro Willems has a golden opportunity over the next few months to stamp his name on the left wing-back role. With Matt Ritchie likely out until sometime in October, Steve Bruce has limited options in that position behind Willems.

He suddenly has gone from a new-signing finding his feet in England to being relied on to play every week in what is a tough stretch of games for Newcastle.

It’s so far so good for Willems as he is coming off two straight starts at left wing-back against Leicester City and Watford. This is his natural position and one he did not get to play in much last season at Frankfurt.

Jetro Willems– ready to show what he can do

Willems seems eager to prove that he is the man for left flank at Newcastle. This is what Jetro has said in the Chronicle.

“I can play anywhere down the left-hand side.

“Now Matt Ritchie is injured so I can show that I can play there.”

“I think as a team we had a great start.

“Against Arsenal, there was a mistake for the goal, but Norwich we made mistakes as a team.

“But against Tottenham, Leicester, and Watford we have shown we had great opportunities to show something good.

“We have shown that we do something this year.

“We need to go from day to day and game to game. We will see.”

We would qualify Newcastle’s start as a decent one. There was the unexpected win at Tottenham, but that followed a dismal loss at Carrow Road against Norwich in matchday 2.

Newcastle were also handed a tough draw at home to Leicester City in the only Carabao Cup fixture to feature two Premier League clubs. A weakened side was put out for the match but ended up performing quite admirably as they only fell in the penalty shoot-out.

That match was followed with a disappointing draw at home to bottom of the league Watford. While the lads kept their performance at a high-level, they did not do enough to get the victory.

A win going into the international break would have turned a decent start into a dream one for Steve Bruce. However, it was not meant to be, and it is now time to prepare for Liverpool at Anfield.

Jetro believes the break has come at the perfect time for him. Since his transfer to Newcastle, he hasn’t had a chance to get back to the Netherlands to take care of his personal things.

This break has afforded him just that opportunity. That can only be positive for Jetro and should help him over the next few months as he tries to shine for Newcastle on the left.

This is what he has said about the timing of the international break:

“Personally, it has been a great time to get some rest.

“It has been chaotic for me.

“I came from the training camp of Frankfurt, and I could not go back to Holland and organise my things.”

We are excited to see more of Jetro as he brings another dimension to the attack down the left. He has been a danger in his two last starts, and we fully expect that will continue going forward.


50 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    hate international breaks .

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    about Jetro watched him the other week he got megged in the first couple of minutes but he settled down had a decent game . has a bit of pace made some good runs on the wing . one of those runs he got behind the other teams defence put the ball in the box but it come to nowt . looks a canny payer …

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Geordie Tom @1

    I hear they’re not fond of you either

    😉

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  • JohnJ

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Good morning everyone – been off the blog for a few days as I’ve been celebrating a special anniversary.

    Wondering if we can nick anything from Liverpool on Saturday it’s going to be tough!!!

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    OP…

    you still taking your happy pills …

    😀

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Everyone gets megged from time to time. Love to see our players doing it, hate to see it done to them, but realistically if you play football regularly it’ll happen.

    Jetro could become a decent player for us. I feel like his head hasn’t quite been in the right place so far – no criticism, it’s completely understandable – but that now he’s had an opportunity to get his affairs in order, take a breath and take stock, he’ll be in a better place mentally to allow his natural game to come through.

    He seems to have all the talent, it’s now about how he applies it.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #7

    JOHNJ …

    would be nice to go there and come away with a draw ( win would be better ) . yep it will be tough batten down the hatches …

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    rob …

    i wasn’t slagging him off i recon there’s a player in there somewhere , like you said get his head in the place and we should see the Jetro from a few years back …

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Munster wheres my Sixpence??

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Nick something from Liverpool?

    If it’s not tied down they’ve already had it away.

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Damn you OP just beat me ha ha

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Tom, I know you weren’t fella, was just contributing to the conversation. Hope he does come good, although Ritchie is one of my favourite players in the squad, it’s more for his attitude than his skill level. We needed a specialist LWB to provide creativity as well as defensive strength, Jetro could well be the solution.

    I think we have an option to buy, so he could be ours for the long haul, presuming he doesn’t get a better offer and refuse to sign terms with us. As I understand it, the option to buy is a commitment from the club which owns him, not from the player himself. Someone might correct me on that.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    everybody said we would get battered off spurs we got a result , you never know we might get something against against liverpool …

    i suppose someone will say we will get turned over always the way on here …

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    rob …

    at least he’ll see his big mate on saturday ( Gini ) . i hope Var catches the cheat Salah out at the weekend …

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    JohnJ, yes we can grab a point from Liverpool. We could even win it, after all we ran them close at SJP last season and every team needs to lose at some point at home, just from sheer weight of statistics.

    Will this next match be the time to do it? I doubt it, sadly – too early in the season for us and we’re carrying too many injuries.

    We’ll go down to an honourable defeat by a two goal margin.

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Honestly, I’ve been disappointed with VAR, it doesn’t seem to have changed anything that actually matters – players are still diving, offside decisions are still being applied incorrectly, bad tackles are still being allowed to go without cards.

    All it’s really done is rule out a perfectly reasonable goal a couple of times, one with the van Dijk ‘handball’, the other with the Sterling ‘offside’. Both were ridiculous decisions.

    It’s not looking like it will be the solution we all hoped it would be, but it’s early days yet.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #17

    Seen this posted on Twitter the other, I blanked his phone number out for obvious

    https://imgur.com/a/hrHTMo2

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    rob …

    teething problems ?…

    1
  • MagpieRanger

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Very possible it’s fake but hey ho, thought I’d share.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Magpie …

    couldn’t see a date on the mate is it not the from from a while back …

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    the one even …

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Sorry, it was Laporte’s ‘handball’ that led to the goal being ruled out, not van Dijk. Still a ridiculous rule that an inadvertent handball is punished like that.

    1
  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Magpie …

    careful mate you’ll incur the wrath of the FROG …

    😀

    1
  • MagpieRanger

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #24

    Wednesday gone I think, I saw it on Twitter. It is definitely his number though.

    1
  • toon22

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next time?

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  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #26

    Tom, teething problems? I hope so. Apparently they’ve reviewed the offside interpretation after the Sterling decision, but I dunno.

    It seems like instead of TV pundits going on about the decisions made by the refs, they’re now doing both that AND examining all the VAR decisions too. It’s not even controversial, it’s just a bit tedious, honestly.

    I’d far rather they just concentrated on the footy and showed some longer highlights, that’s after all why we watch MOTD and other highlights shows.

    3
  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    rob …

    yep rather hear more about football than all those supposed pundits wittering on …

    1
  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    magpie …

    enter the frog …

    😀

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  • martoon

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #29

    Just looking at which of our players are away on international duty – it looks like Schar & Kraft played last night so presumably will return today unscathed I hope! So that leaves Dubravka playing tonight against Hungary in Budapest and Miggy playing tomorrow against Jordan in Amman. So looks look the squad will be fully back together by Wednesday apart from Miggy who you have to say might be doubtful to play Saturday after a long journey back to the Toon.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #30

    Tom to be honest I understand the scepticism but I’m a sucker for a bit of positivity!

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #31

    takeover it wont be played out in the media …

    1
  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #32

    magpie …

    me as well mate not enough of it on here mate Ashley has knocked it out of us with his bullcrap way of running the club . just wish he would leave and we get a buyer who wants to take OUR club forward run the club a decent way …

    2
  • Mindshaft

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #33

    FML – not the Midhat talking to the fans rumours again

    2
  • Nufc-83

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #34

    Jail your post discussed selling the best players which is why I answered how I did. If you want to talk about recruitment then I don’t think it’s been too bad recently. The bigger question there is was that down to Rafa or did the scouting team still in place have a big part to play?

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Magpie are u that guy that was positive about everything during the transfer window, because I haven’t seen him since the “takeover” cooled down.

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #36

    I wouldn’t even care if that was his real account. Midhat and BZG are doing Ashley a favour by pretending to buy the club, anyone who cant see that at this stage has special needs.

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  • geordietom

    Sep 9, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #37

    irishrob …

    as i said any takeover wont be played out in the media if ( big if ) a take over of our club happens we will wake up one morning and the Fat Man will be gone …

    2
  • RobLeenio

    Sep 9, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #38

    cue #planewatch?

    Nah, even I can’t be chewed with a new buyout rumour.

    2
  • martoon

    Sep 9, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #39

    MagpieRanger @17 – I’m pretty sure that was doing the rounds when the takeover rumours were in full swing and also wasn’t the Twitter account of Midhat proved to be a fake?

    geordietom@37 – I think you’re right – if and when it does happen it will be in secret and not splashed all over social media and probably not during the season so we’re stuck with him until at least next Summer!

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  • IrishRob

    Sep 9, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    I tend to agree with you on that one Tom.

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