Former loan star and favourite Jetro Willems has once again expressed his desire to return to St James’ Park next season.
The Dutch international spent last season on loan at the club, but his time on Tyneside was cruelly cut short after suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Chelsea back in January.
Our supporters have remained hopeful that a cut-price deal for Willems – who has one year left on his contract – could be secured, but recent reports suggest we have made a £4m bid for Greek left back Dimitris Giannoulis instead.
After talking to NUFC TV about his effort against Liverpool being voted NUFC’s goal of the season, here’s what Willems said when asked if he’d like to secure to the club this summer:
“Of course. It was sad that it ended like that. I feel like I’m not done yet.
“So we will see, you never know what will happen and it would be great to be back and show them at St James’ Park.”
The attacking full-back quickly became popular for his attacking displays on the left-flank, with Willems settling into life in the North-East and clearly enjoying his time here.
He also had some positive words to say about Steve Bruce and his unfinished business on Tyneside in his interview with NUFC TV:
“I had a great time and I was feeling great, you could see that on the pitch.
“I felt like a new boy. The support and confidence they gave me. People at the club and the coach, I had a great time, it’s sad that it ended like that.
“They were very important as you need them to reach the goal you want.
“You need the coach (Steve Bruce) he is the one that puts you in the squad.
“If he gives you confidence by telling you what to do, you have the strength and everything. I watched all of the games (after I left).
“It was hard but things happen for a reason but I am positive, the most important thing is I want to be back on the pitch and show them I am back.
“I don’t know where it (a possible move) is but we will see.
“It was nice they chose my goal. I am happy I won it and hope I will make some more.”
I certainly wouldn’t be against a move for Willems, especially considering his price tag for the quality that he brings to the club.
He gave me my personal highlight of the season with his goal against Liverpool as I was in the away end that day, and as a left-back is a position we desperately require, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be in for a player that obviously wants to be here.
My only concern is his injury, which was an extremely severe one. At 26, Willems still has time on his side but some players never return the same following a cruciate ligament injury.
That said, he’s said to be making great progress and told NUFC TV that he’ll be back in full training soon. A no-brainer for Newcastle if he’s available on the cheap?