Jetro Willems has posted on social media that he is desperately sad to have been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Chelsea – and plenty of teammates and ex-colleagues have reacted.
Willems, 25, has become a fan favourite at Newcastle for his impressive performances from left-back – a position that Newcastle have struggled with in the past, certainly through Rafa Benitez’s reign as manager.
He clocked up 20 appearances, having a hand in five goals – scoring against Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as laying on three assists. The Netherlands international, though, has now been ruled out for the rest of the season.
He is likely to return to parent club Eintracht Frankfurt, though the former PSV Eindhoven star issued a statement on his Twitter and Instagram channels stating that he hopes it is not the last time he plays for The Toon.
— Jetro willems (@JetroWillems_15) January 20, 2020
The Chronicle claimed in November that Willems has a £10million permanent clause in his Newcastle loan, but following his injury, it remains to be seen if such a deal will be struck by The Toon in the coming months.
It is quite clear that Willems is desperate for a permanent move given the comments in his statement, declaring he will do “everything he can” to play for Newcastle again. Dutch teammate Tim Krul and Toon striker Andy Carroll both reacted.
Stay strong my friend 💪🏻 you will be back again 🙏🏻
— Tim Krul (@TimKrul) January 20, 2020