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.