The left-wing back was a second-half substitute against Arsenal on the opening day of the Premier League and made a mistake which ultimately led to the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal which condemned them to defeat.
After that game, Matt Ritchie kept his place in the Magpies’ line up and was involved in the memorable win away at Tottenham which gave Steve Bruce his first three points in charge of the club.
Willems had to wait until the Carabao Cup second-round clash with Leicester City at St James’ Park to earn his full debut, in a game that would see him cement his spot in the starting 11.
Bruce confirmed to Sky Sports after that game that the Scottish international will be out of action for up to two months after the challenge with Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhary.
That has given the Dutch international Willems the perfect opportunity to cement his place in Bruce’s plans, and so far he has done just that.
The 25-year-old scored the opener against Liverpool on Saturday, which was a fantastic strike from the edge of the box with his weaker right foot, and also made one tackle and two clearances as his side fell to a respectable 3-1 defeat at Anfield [Source: WhoScored].
With Willems really starting to excel and make the left-wing back spot his own for Newcastle, Bruce is surely set for a selection headache when the Scotsman returns from injury.