New Newcastle United signing Jetro Willems has looked ‘particularly sharp’ in training with the club this week, according to The Chronicle.
The newspaper claims that the recent arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt was in dazzling form during piggy in the middle drills on Monday.
Their report states that the Dutch international produced: “one smart turn on the ball [that] took him away from three markers, DeAndre Yedlin, Matty Longstaff and Yoshinori Muto, before he then found a team-mate.”
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old came out to training on Monday with fellow German speakers Joelinton and Fabian Schar, with new boy Allan Saint-Maximin appeared alongside Rolando Aarons.
It’s certainly a positive sign for Newcastle that Willems appears to have hit the ground running since making the switch from Frankfurt to Tyneside. You hate to put too much pressure on any player, but Steve Bruce really needs Willems to step up and make that left wing back slot his own. You don’t want to be playing winger Matt Ritchie out of position there all season long again, while Paul Dummett’s performances at centre back last term suggested that he might be better suited playing at the heart of the defence moving forward. So it would be terrific if Willems can step up to the plate and make that position his over the next few months. The good news for him is that he can’t be any worse than the last left back the Magpies got in on loan: Antonio Barreca. The Monaco man made just one appearance for Rafael Benitez’s team in six months before returning to the principality, and so Willems looks set to far exceed what he did last season, at least.