Jetro Willems has been a shining light so far this season, marking himself out as one of Steve Bruce’s most reliable at the back.
Do you seriously think Peter Kenyon will purchase Newcastle United?
Jetro Willems has faced 26 ground duels so far this season, and he’s won 23 of them – with this 88% success rate it's the best from any Premier League full back as things stand. #nufc
— NUFC HQ (@NUFC_HQ) October 17, 2019
Jetro Willems, who signed in the summer on a season-long loan from Eintracht Frankfurt, may have had a torrid debut game for the Magpies – but has since went on to show the fans why he was brought to St James Park.
The 25-year-old, according to WhoScored.com, currently averages 1.8 tackles per game with a similar clearance and block record – but where Willems really stands out is his passing success rate, with 82.5% of his passes finding a team-mate.
It’s clear the Netherlands international adds some much-needed fluidity when passing out from the back, and his comfort on the ball highlights himself as a real asset to this Newcastle side.
However, this isn’t the only statistic that has baffled supporters – with a recent tweet stating: “Jetro Willems has faced 26 ground duels so far this season, and he’s won 23 of them – with this 88% success rate it’s the best from any Premier League full back as things stand.”
Understandably, Newcastle supporters have flocked to this message and voiced their praise for the defender:
And how many fans were calling for his head after his debut . 😫
— Spike Murrells (@Balloonknot247) October 17, 2019
Good Stat that. 👍
— Jordi Ridley (@mridley81) October 17, 2019
Good player, only concern is his positional play, a bit like Yedlin he can get caught out by movement.
— Ben (@Bengn87) October 17, 2019
— Rob (@Robknufc9) October 17, 2019
Certainly is. We need to make@his move permanent which I believe is around £8million mark. Would be a bargain in current times
— Gary Christie (@gaztoon84) October 17, 2019
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@DannyMilne4 Jetro is a baller, as expected
— Charlie (@CharlieMilne1) October 17, 2019