Luke Edwards claims there’s still a “very good chance” Jetro Willems will be back at Newcastle next season – despite an ACL injury looking set to cut his loan move short.
The Dutchman has now been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage over the weekend, but The Telegraph’s north-east reporter claims the club are “still interested in signing him“.
Here’s what he’s had to say in response to the 25-year-old’s emotional Monday night message to Newcastle fans:
“After a few ups and downs, he had turned into an excellent addition, highlighted by the fact he kept Traore so quiet against Wolves.
“Very good chance he will be back in a NUFC shirt next season.
“Speedy recovery Jetro!!”
Then, when responding to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie on Twitter, Edwards insisted that the club are still keen to sign him:
“They are still interested in signing him mate, it’s not over.“
Willems has done enough to earn a permanent deal based on his display this season, but many fear an ACL injury could make the club reluctant to sign him permanently until they’ve seen how he’s recovered.
That said, Edwards’ update suggests we’re still keen to bring him back – although a lot may depend on the fee Frankfurt will demand to turn his loan move into a permanent one.
Another loan move with an option to buy in the summer of 2021 could make a lot of sense – if Frankfurt would agree to such a deal..