German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau have claimed that Eintracht Frankfurt are keen to get rid of Jetro Willems and could be open to the sale of the left-back ‘free of charge’ – after his loan spell at Newcastle.
Willems, 26, joined Newcastle last summer on a season-long loan from Frankfurt and immediately won the hearts of Toon fans – shining on the pitch with his attacking displays from left-back, and his humour on social media.
The Netherlands international clocked up 20 appearances for the Toon – scoring against Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as creating three more goals. However, he suffered a long-term knee injury against Chelsea.
Having entered the final 12 months of his contract at Frankfurt, it appears the German club are willing to get rid of Willems on a free transfer. It remains to be seen if Newcastle are interested in securing Willems permanently.
TBR’s view – Willems on a free is simply a no-brainer
For some years before the signing of Willems, Newcastle have looked to sign a left-back that can finally plug the gap on the left side of the defence – but Rafa Benitez’s signings have all struggled.
The least said about Achraf Lazaar the better. Kenedy impressed in his first loan spell but was quickly moved into midfield, while Antonio Barreca was perhaps even worse than Moroccan defender Lazaar.
Willems ended that left-back problem when he joined – and while Danny Rose impressed from January onwards, a free transfer for Willems is a no-brainer for the Toon this summer.