Jetro Willems comments on his start at Newcastle United

Jetro Willems of Newcastle United (15) controls the ball during the second round of the Carabao Cup between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James' Park on August 28, 2019 in...

Steve Bruce's Newcastle United side brought Jetro Willems in on loan over the summer.

Jetro Willems of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Jetro Willems has admitted to the Shields Gazette that playing for Newcastle United is ‘quite tough’.

Willems only joined Newcastle in the summer transfer window, but Steve Bruce has been forced to throw him into his starting line-up already.

With Matt Ritchie out injured, Willems is Newcastle’s best option at left wing-back.

Willems has now played twice in a week for the Magpies, which has tested his fitness levels.


And Willems admits that he is still adjusting to life at Newcastle currently.

“It was not perfect,” Willems said. “But I created some chances and did my job, so that’s important for me.

“I played last Wednesday (against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup) and then (against Watford). It’s quite tough. My last game was, I think, last season that I played the whole game. So, I’m going the right way. It’s a great time for me to have some rest.”

Willems analysis that his performances have not been ‘perfect’ is a fair assessment, but there has been enough to suggest he could be a solid signing at St. James’ Park.

Jetro Willems looks to strike the ball during the Newcastle United Training session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on August 05, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The Dutch full-back’s pace has been eye catching, and once he gets fully up to speed he should be an attacking threat for Steve Bruce’s side.

Ritchie is expected to be a long term absentee for Newcastle, so Willems looks almost certain to be included in Bruce’s starting line-up for the foreseeable future.

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