Jetro Willems could be offered a dream return to Newcastle United but only if the Eintracht Frankfurt defender is able to prove his fitness after a lengthy spell out with injury, as reported by the Chronicle.
It is fair to say Steve Bruce didn’t exactly set the world alight after taking over at St James’ Park midway through 2019.
But he could always rely on the buccaneering displays of an on-loan full-back to get blood pumping on the Gallowgate.
Willems made a huge impression on loan from Frankfurt, scoring stunning goals against both Liverpool and Manchester City while seemingly bringing an end to Newcastle’s left-back curse.
A brief but brilliant loan spell came to a premature end when the Dutch international suffered a season-ending injury in January. But Willems clearly believes he has unfinished business on Tyneside.
“I feel like I’m not done yet,” the former PSV flyer said in April.
“So we will see, you never know what will happen and it would be great to be back and show them at St James’ Park.”
The Chronicle reports that, if Willems can recover from a cruciate ligament rupture that has robbed him of the last ten months, Newcastle will consider handing him the second chance he is craving.
The Northern Echo backs up those claims, pointing out that Bruce has kept in touch with the 26-year-old.
Willems will be a free agent next year and Frankfurt are unlikely to offer the £10 million-rated defender fresh terms.
Any risks associated with signing a player after a long-term injury will be eased by the lack of a transfer fee.
Willems would also provide some much-needed competition for Jamal Lewis at Newcastle, with Paul Dummett suffering fitness problems of his own recently.