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Jetro Willems continues to impress for Eintracht Frankfurt

Monday 6th November 2017
Jetro Willems was a standout performer for Eintracht Frankfurt in Friday's Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen. The Dutch player attacked with confidence, dominating the left flank.
Willems only joined the German side in summer, signing from PSV Eindhoven, but he could be touted for bigger European clubs if his impressive form continues at the Commerzbank-Arena.

Willems getting back to his best

During six seasons at PSV, Jetro Willems made 143 league appearances, scoring 11 times and providing 24 assists. He also helped the club win two Eredivisie titles and four domestic cups.

He later joined Frankfurt for a modest fee. The 4.5m-rated defender arrived with the reputation as an assist king. He's since lived up to his name, assisting in a quarter of the 12 games played this season in all competitions. Willems is starting to shine as both a left wing-back and midfielder.

In the most recent game against Werder Bremen, Willems was exceptional. No teammate had more shots, created more chances, completed more crosses or made more successful dribbles. The left-sided player set up the opening goal, and he proved a constant threat until taken off in the second half. Those watching Willems were very impressed too.

Big clubs could soon come knocking

As is the case with most in-form players, they begin to find themselves on the radar of bigger sides. Consequently, Willems will attract attention in next transfer window. He has previously been linked with Premier League table-toppers Manchester City, but nothing materialised from reported interest.

He was also rumoured to be a target for Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham United only last year. Willems admitted to De Telegraaf that several English top-flight clubs were monitoring his progress while still at PSV. He then said a move to England or Spain would interest him. So, a future in the Premier League can't be ruled out.

If Willems continues his outstanding form in the Bundesliga, he won't be short of offers.

Return to the national team beckons

Willems, who has amassed 22 caps for the Netherlands, hasn't made an international appearance since the World Cup qualifier defeat to France last year. He picked up just six minutes playing time, having been an unused substitute during three of last four games during that period.

In his absence, Manchester United's Daley Blind, Bournemouth's Nathan Ake, and Lyon's Kenny Tete have operated in the makeshift role. Having failed to qualify for 2018 World Cup, however, the Netherlands must make changes. It gives Willems a great chance of winning back his place in the side, especially considering his high-performance levels this season.

He was tipped for greatness earlier in his career. Although he enjoyed some success in the Eredivisie, his stock gradually diminished - which led him to Frankfurt rather than a European giant. Now, though, Jetro Willems is beginning to showcase his full potential, and he still has time to make next step up in the future.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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