And fellow Dutchman Fer wasted no time in offering him is congratulations.
Commenting on a post on Willems’ personal Instagram account announcing his transfer, Feyenoord midfielder Fer said: “BIGGG PLAYER!”
Fer could well be right about Willems. The full-back wasn’t always a start for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, but when he did feature, he was very impressive. The Dutchman completed 2.5 tackles every 90 minutes, as well as being dribbled past just 0.8 times per 90, and making 2.5 key passes per 90 too, as per Whoscored. All in all, that paints a picture of a player who is defensively sound and well as being creative and dangerous on the front foot. You can’t ask for much more than that from your full-back, and if he can replicate that kind of form in England, he is sure to be an instant hit with the Toon fans. Bringing him in on loan could prove to be a shrewd move, but no doubt if he can hit the ground running and make a good impression this season, the Magpies will be tempted to push for a permanent deal.