Newcastle’s official website adds that the club has the option to make Willems’ move permanent next summer and Steve Bruce is “very pleased” to have completed a deal for the Netherlands international.
Newcastle need a new left-back adding to their squad and Willems is someone who seems to have been linked with a move to Tyneside for quite some time now. The former PSV full-back was very highly-rated in his youth and although he is hardly a world-beater, he should still be a very good option for Bruce in his squad at St James’ Park. Willems played a key role in what was an impressive campaign by Frankfurt last season as they reached the Europa League semi-finals. The Dutchman made 36 appearances across all competitions, playing in a number of positions that saw him feature in his natural role at left-back, in the centre of the midfield, at centre-back and even on the right-wing. Willems’ versatility could come in handy if Bruce is hit with a selection crisis next season but the Dutch ace is bound to become his first-choice left-back. With the deal being a loan-to-buy one, Newcastle have a whole year to decide whether or not it’s a good idea to sign Willems permanently.