A transfer report from German news outlet Bild has claimed that Newcastle United will sign Jetro Willems for free in the summer window.
The Lowdown: Newcastle need a left-back
Jamal Lewis has clearly fallen out of favour with Steve Bruce, having been left on the bench in the St. James’ Park faithful’s last ten games in the Premier League, and only coming on for a mere six minutes in total in that time (Transfermarkt).
Should Newcastle sign Willems?
It has not quite worked out for the Northern Ireland international in the North East since his £14.85m move from Norwich City in last summer’s window, and so given that Willems is out of contract this summer, he would offer a much lower risk option with no transfer fee to be paid.
The Latest: Newcastle will sign Willems
As per Bild, the Tyneside club will sign Willems once his current contract at Eintracht Frankfurt ends, with the deal said to be close.
It would spark a return to the Magpies for the £2.7m-rated (Transfermarkt) Netherlands international after spending the 2019/20 season on loan there.
The Verdict: Willems transfer makes sense
Given that there is no transfer fee to be paid, the prospect of bringing Willems back to NUFC is a low-risk, high-reward move if he can get over his injury troubles.
Willems did well during his time in the top flight, winning no fewer than 5.1 of his duels a game, as well as averaging two clearances, 1.9 tackles and 1.1 successful dribbles per match (Sofascore).
Nonetheless, the left-back could certainly be a useful player to have around in the squad.
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