'If you can run or fly' - Newcastle United hero takes aim at modern football with bizarre social media dig

Former Newcastle United left-back Jetro Willems (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images).Former Newcastle United left-back Jetro Willems (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images).
Former Newcastle United left-back Jetro Willems (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images). | Getty Images
Former Newcastle United star Jetro Willems has taken aim at the direction of the modern game in a bizarre social media dig.

The ex-United and Netherlands defender made himself a hero on Tyneside with some remarkable marauding left-back performances, which included a cracking goal at Anfield against Liverpool and a strike in a 2-2 home draw with Manchester City while on loan in the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Willems’ season, while on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt that year, was cruelly cut short by injury. And following his recovery, the Magpies, then under Steve Bruce, did not pursue a permanent deal for the player.

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Since that time Willems has gone out on to play for Greuther Furth, FC Groningen and now finds himself in the Netherlands with Heracles.

And taking to social media, presumably referring to the current European Championship football taking place, Willems has taken aim at the modern game - and it’s a view that might resonate with many fans, including those at Newcastle United.

He said: “Football has really changed. (It) Used to be a good or the best player. Speed, strength, football insight and in the action they were still simple. Now everything is Data and statistics. If you can run, fly, you are good enough.”

Willems played 20 times for Heracles in the Eredivisie last season.

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