Early last month, Jetro Willems was asked about making his stay on Tyneside a permanent one. He seemed to waffle a bit with his answer as he gave a non-committed response. This is what the Dutchman said three weeks ago:
“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.”
In our eyes, it appeared that Jetro was keeping all options open to see if another opportunity arose. This would be perfectly understandable for the 25-year-old who is finally getting a run in the first team after a frustrating time at Frankfurt the past few seasons.
Jetro Willems gave an interview on Dutch TV after the big win yesterday and his answer was a lot better sounding to us. The Chronicle have noted that Jetro was more definitive in his response about his future this time around.
This is what Jetro had to say regarding his future with Newcastle:
“I’m not so concerned about it at the moment. But if I keep on going, I won’t give Newcastle a choice.”
While he still says he’s not concerned at the moment, the second part of his answer certainly alludes to a preference to remain with Newcastle. He’s also spot on with his assessment that if he keeps on going, Newcastle will want to activate his £10m clause to make the loan spell a permanent one.
The interviewer then noted that Jetro often referred to Newcastle as ‘us’ and asked if it was his preference to stay with the Magpies. Jetro gave the answer that we all wanted to hear:
“Yes, that’s actually right!”
Jetro went on to talk about how he feels his game suits the Premier League better than Germany:
“I am fitter. The intensity here is much higher than in the Bundesliga, I think, and that suits me.”
With the way Jetro has performed over the past couple of months, there are few better left-backs playing in England at the moment. If Newcastle do get Jetro signed up after this season, and for only £10m, then that is going to be some bit of business.
Willems has it all to play wing-back in the Premier League. He’s fast, strong, can attack, defend, and has some rocket of a shot – even with his opposite foot. We are just so impressed with Jetro and think he is just such a complete player.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Manchester City?
- Martin Dubravka (33%, 354 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (18%, 191 )
- Jetro Willems (15%, 163 )
- Federico Fernandez (12%, 132 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (7%, 76 )
- Miguel Almiron (6%, 60 )
- Isaac Hayden (4%, 47 )
- Javier Manquillo (2%, 17 )
- Joelinton (1%, 11 )
- Ciaran Clark (1%, 9 )
- Christian Atsu (1%, 7 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 3 )
- Dwight Gayle (0%, 1 )
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