Newcastle would be foolish to turn their back on Willems

Jetro Willems of Newcastle United F.C. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Jetro Willems of Newcastle United F.C. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) /

As rumors swirl about the injured left-back’s future, Jetro Willems should get full consideration from Newcastle United on a transfer move.

Yesterday marked the two-month anniversary of Jetro Willems’ season-ending knee injury against Chelsea. As the Newcastle United loanee continues to rehab, rumors about his future have intensified recently. Will he make a full transfer to Newcastle this summer for a rumored 10 million? Or, will he return to Eintracht Frankfurt as he tries to get back to full fitness? Whether they decide to sign him or not, Newcastle United would be foolish not to give that move strong consideration.

For a large chunk of the season, Willems was one of the most consistent performers for Steve Bruce’s side. He scored a candidate for Goal of the Season against Liverpool and he was able to combine very well down the left side with Allan Saint-Maximin. His final tallies on the season were two goals, two assists, and 95 recoveries in the Premier League.

In his absence, Danny Rose has filled in admirably on loan from Spurs. Even if Rose somehow becomes a possibility for a permanent move to Tyneside, the Magpies should consider if Willems is the better option. He’s four years younger and provides a bit more going forward than Rose.

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It would be poor business and a bad decision for Newcastle United to simply write Willems off due to his injury status. He’s only 25 years old and even if he is out until towards the end of 2020 at the worst, he can still be their left-back of the future.