Newcastle United are in the midst of their worst stretch since 2015 with six consecutive losses and zero wins in 11 matches. The Magpies could use help on both ends of the pitch as the attack has struggled to score consistently and the defense has been prone to mental lapses leading to goals. There is a player on Newcastle United’s radar that could actually help in both categories.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Jetro Willems has been linked with a return to Newcastle United ever since his knee injury ended his season and loan with the club expired. He quickly became a fan favorite on loan last season and has often expressed his love for Newcastle, too.
While it’s great that there’s mutual love between the player and the club/fans, his signing wouldn’t be a symbolic one. It would be a tactical addition. In his brief time in the black and white, Willems was a big-time player at left-back.
He was a reliable defender on one end and was able to create offense at the other end, something that Steve Bruce’s side is lacking in a big way this season.
For Newcastle this campaign, Jamal Lewis has been the first-choice option at left-back. The summer signing from Norwich has made 17 EPL appearances, two less than Willems last season, and has zero goals and zero assists. Willems registered two goals, both of high quality, and two assists.
Lewis is a decent player and he’s only 23 years old, but he hasn’t produced much yet and Willems showcased a chemistry with Allan Saint-Maximin down that left side, which would be huge for the club’s attack.
A reunion between NUFC and Willems has been discussed for a while now and certainly seems like a viable option. Whether it’s for a loan move, potentially with an option to buy, or a permanent switch with his contract expiring at Eintracht Frankfurt this June, Newcastle United would benefit greatly from getting Willems back on the left flank.