Lots of Newcastle fans have found a silver lining in Saturday’s defeat to Everton, praising the performance of Jetro Willems.
The Magpies were beaten 2-1 on Saturday as their superb home form came to an abrupt end.
Miguel Almiron nearly got off to the perfect start with an early effort which was saved by Jordan Pickford, before the Toffees took control of the match and grabbed a deserved lead.
Steve Bruce’s side woke up after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s close-range finish though, ending the first-half as the better side with Almiron once again coming close with a low shot hitting the post.
The second half perhaps showed Bruce’s tactical naivety though, as despite Fabian Schar’s equalising goal his side seemed to get worse as the game wore on, pumping endless long balls towards Andy Carroll.
Fans have found something to cheer about though, heaping praise on Willems, who won 11 of his 18 duels, per Sofascore.
Check out some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Willems channeling his inner Saint-Maximin there 😂😂
— Evan Kiropoulos (@evan_kiropoulos) December 28, 2019
Willems is a gem of a player 😳
— Noel Mc Govern (@noelmickedy) December 28, 2019
Come on Magpies!!! YESSS. Willems is a superb player
— Mauricio (@M4U_93) December 28, 2019
Commentators acting like Matt Ritchie being injured is a big loss.. Are they forgetting we have Jetro Willems at left back now
Twice the player of Ritchie #NUFC
— Shaneo (@NotoriousShaneo) December 28, 2019
I want Jetro Willems on a permanent ASAP @NUFC
— Josset (@JossetDiaz) December 28, 2019
Good start from #nufc. Liking the look of the more mobile Joelinton with Carroll as the obvious target man. I have no problem with that.
Willems impresses me most times I see him play.
— Bjørn Westblad (@bjorwesToon) December 28, 2019
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