Jetro Willems put on some display yesterday. His performance covered the spectrum of what a modern wing-back should be. Willems showed pace, power, intelligence, passing range, and a shot with either foot.
Newcastle have the 25-year-old on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt until the end of this season. There is also an option to make the deal a permanent one for about £10m. At the moment, that amount is looking like a steal.
We have to wonder what Jetro is thinking at the moment. He surely is enjoying his run of first-team games. However, he was coy when asked about his future recently.
This past week the Chronicle had a report with a comment from Willems about joining the Magpies on a permanent basis. This is what Jetro had to say:
“It is not a big deal now. We are in November. It is the 11th game and we have a long time to go and I don’t want to think about it.
“It is not my priority. Of course at the end of the season, but now I just want to enjoy football and get some wins.”
We understand Jetro’s sentiment that he is concentrating on his football and there really is no need to rush on his part.
The Dutchman’s form since coming into the side for Matt Ritchie has been eye-opening. If he can continue to play at this level, that could catapult him into the ranks of the best left-backs in the league.
A full season of these types of displays will certainly put him in the same discussion as Andy Robertson, Ben Chilwell, Lucas Digne, Marcos Alonso, and Benjamin Mendy et al.
However, we hope that Newcastle can sign Willems up permanently and the sooner the better. Judging from some of the responses to Jetro’s performance yesterday, we are not the only ones.
if newcastle can’t get jetro willems for a permanent then a lot of top six clubs should be after him, there’s too many average left backs in this league
— Ed (@ftblYe) November 10, 2019
Easily our best signing. Hope we can tie him up permanently.
— Nigel (@nigelbouche) November 10, 2019
Jetro Willems, get him signed up permanently. Quality. #NUFC
— Matt Scotney (@MattScotney) November 10, 2019
— Graeme Stoker (@graeme_ncl) November 9, 2019
@JetroWillems_15 needs to sign permanently he is brilliant please get it done ????
— David Murphy (@davidmurphy1982) November 9, 2019
@JetroWillems_15 has been an absolute revelation! What a signing, hope to god he stays here for the long term, on this form he’s surely getting an international callup again soon. Absolute unit!
— Dayle Barron (@DayleBarron) November 9, 2019
— Flinn Jarman (@FlinnJarman) November 9, 2019
I love Jetro Willems man! He did play so well. We need to make the loan deal a permanent one. #nufc
— Robin Verhagen (@robinnufc) November 9, 2019
Can #NUFC just hand Jetro Willems a permanent contract already?
— Newcastle Toons (@NewcastleToons) November 9, 2019
Sign Jetro Willems now!#nufc
— James (@james_89d) November 9, 2019