January 18th 2020 will go down as a defining day in Jetro Willems’ career.
Until then, it seemed like a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ the Dutchman joined Newcastle permanently.
Willems had been a revelation for the Magpies, but an injury against Chelsea ended his time in the north east prematurely.
He headed back to parent club Frankfurt, and Newcastle brought in Danny Rose to replace him.
But despite his loan ending, we still wanted Willems to sign permanently.
However, a report from Germany claims this might not happen.
According to Bild, Willems could be out of action for the rest of 2020. And because of that, Newcastle are unlikely to complete a £10million deal for the 25-year-old.
This is disappointing news for fans, but it makes sense. Why spend decent money on a player who is still going to be out of action for many months?
And with the injury Willems has had, there’s no guarantee he’ll get back to the player he was.
Here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery and we see him in a black and white shirt once again somewhere down the road.
And if we don’t, he’s left us with a lot of memories from his short time at St James’ Park.
His chaotic debut against Arsenal, his partnership with Allan Saint-Maximin and his goals against Liverpool and Manchester City, Willems was deservedly a fan favourite.