Newcastle’s on-loan left-back Jetro Willems has been impressive since he found his Premier League feet, and news that a fee for a permanent deal is already agreed is fantastic for the club.
That the fee is reportedly “less than £6 million”, according to the Chronicle, and it could prove to be one of the best bargain signings at St James’ Park for years.
With players already on-loan at a club being able to turn that into a permanent deal at any time – even outside the transfer window – Newcastle should be getting the paperwork done on it right now.
After a tricky introduction during the opening weekend defeat against Arsenal, when there was a communication error between the player and Steve Bruce, as well as Willems being caught ball-watching for their winning goal, the Dutchman has been outstanding.
Willems has been good in defence and superb in attack
He is has done well defensively, and has been a constant threat in attack. That was summed up by his magnificent opening goal at Anfield a few weeks ago.
He was also instrumental in Matty Longstaff’s winner against Manchester United on Sunday, with him jinking around with the ball in the box, before laying it off perfectly for the Geordie youngster.
So with a lot of talk about who Newcastle should sign in January, or contract extensions for current players, the first point of business should be getting Willems to sign on the dotted line of a four or five year deal as soon as possible.