When looking for players to add to your squad over the transfer window, looking at European semi-finalists is usually a good place to start. That’s exactly what Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez have done here, as with a left-back in mind, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Jetro Willems could be the man the Geordies turn to, especially as the Dutchman wants a move.
The 25-year-old Sparta Rotterdam product is currently turning out for the third team in his professional career with Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. Sparta Rotterdam was his first before a lengthy spell with Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven. Back in summer 2017 he then made his way to Germany, and now, two years on from that move. The Dutchman, who was signed for £4.5 million (as per Transfermarkt), could end up at St James Park.
The Dutchman has pace to burn and at the age of just 25-years-old, the Geordies would love to have the electric Willems overlapping down one flank whilst DeAndre does the exact same on the other. It’s yet to be seen whether or not the Bundesliga ace will be on the move, though, even if his recent interview with VTBL all but confirmed he wants out of Frankfurt and that the Toon are keen this summer.
Reaching the Europa League semi-final may have been one thing for the Frankfurt man, but what matters more to him apparently is where he plays. Willems has more often than not been used further up the pitch this season as a winger, and it obviously isn’t something he’s best pleased about as he’s now looking forward to pastures new, be it with Newcastle or any other side willing to sign him.
At the moment, the defensive options that Rafa Benitez has on the left of his defence are slim. Paul Dummett is the main man when he’s fit, but that isn’t all that often and when he’s not around it gives the Geordies nightmares when they see Javier Manquillo lining up to start. Even if the left-back they sign is a rotational one to work alongside Dummett, they simply have to act fast and Willems would be perfect as a nailed on starting options.
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