Last week, there was a report on Jetro Willems and his uncertain future with Frankfurt. The 26-year-old has yet to return from the knee injury he suffered in January when on loan with Newcastle. With him in the final year of his contract, his time with the Bundesliga side seems to be coming to a close.
Sport1 reporter Christopher Michel, who reports on Frankfurt, did an interview with The Chronicle a little over a week ago where he claimed that Newcastle could still be a destination for the left-back. This is what Michel said at the time:
“I don’t think Willems still has a great future in Frankfurt but, in my opinion, he really could help because Eintracht doesn’t really have a left-back and Willems is a good player.
“So far it hasn’t suited between him and the manager, Adi Hutter, and I have some doubts over whether that will change.
“I think Willems will either leave the club in winter for a small amount of money or he will switch to another club for free in the summer.
“I don’t believe Willems really has a future in Frankfurt but next week they have a friendly match against Nurnberg and we hope Hutter will try Willems and maybe he can tell the coach: ‘Hey, here I am.’
“Realistically, though, I don’t think Willems and Frankfurt will be together in the summer.
“If Willems finds a new club it is going to be Newcastle or his old club PSV Eindhoven.
“He often posts photos of him in Eindhoven so I think his next club will be Newcastle if they still want him.
“I think Willems prefers a move to Newcastle but, if not, I think Eindhoven is the next realistic station for him.”
Jetro has made it crystal clear that he would love to return to Newcastle. He even posted a picture on social media recently of him watching a Newcastle match on television.
The Northern Echo is reporting that Newcastle could consider opening talks for a January move for the left-back. With Paul Dummett suffering yet another setback in his return, Newcastle are short of cover for Jamal Lewis.
Dummett’s latest hamstring injury is expected to keep him out for up to six weeks and into next year. We do have Javier Manquillo who can cover on the left. Matt Ritchie should also be back next month, and he can play on the left in a back three with wingbacks.
Willems is expected to be fit and ready very soon. He’s back on the training pitch and should see some action before the January window opens. He’ll have to prove his fitness before any move back to Tyneside would be possible.
However, adding Willems next month, for what would be a bargain price, and offloading DeAndre Yedlin, would add some balance to the fullback position. It would also be an enormously popular move for the club to make.