Newcastle United have been fascinated by Joe Willock’s recent form. The Arsenal loanee did make a great debut by scoring for the Magpies. But was unable to find a spot in the squad for further games. However, Willock has been at the top of his form in the last couple of games. And Newcastle are really happy to have him on their side.
The 21-year-old’s control with Newcastle expires at the end of next month. However, due to his recent form, Newcastle are keen to sign an extension. They are also considering making a permanent deal for the youngster. However, they cannot be sure whether they can meet Gunners price-tag.
The Magpies have been keen to retain the player for a while now. They also tried to extend his stay back in January. However, Arsenal did not want to sign a deal so early on. Arsenal did not want to sign a long loan deal as they were uncertain if he might be needed back home. But the player is also keen to continue at St. James’ Park.
According to Football Insider, Joe Willock is happy with his current game-time. Thanks to his top form, Steve Bruce has been playing the youngster on a regular basis. Willock feels that he may not get a similar opportunity at Arsenal. Hence, wants to stay at Newcastle United and secure plenty of minutes on the pitch.
Willock – a trump card of Newcastle?
Joe Willock has become a key player for Newcastle United after his recent performances. The midfield ace was able to bag some important points for his side in their last couple of games. Willock was able to find the net twice in the last two outings. Both of these goals having significant importance for his side.
The English footballer was able to impress Newcastle fans with his goal against Tottenham. That helped the Magpies settle for a draw on Sunday. Following which Willock was able to impress again with a late winner against West Ham. Thanks to the brace from Willock, Newcastle United are eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Due to his recent performances, Newcastle were urged to extend his stay. They are keen to make a permanent deal for the English midfielder. Recent reports hint that Newcastle are trying to sign a permanent deal for a sum of £20m. However, Arsenal may find the sum too low for young talent.
However, Willock has been impressive this season for Newcastle. He has three goals to his name in 16 appearances. And has also been involved in many goal-scoring plays. Hence, Newcastle United are keen to see the player stay at St James’ Park longer.
Regret for Arsenal:
The north London side may regret their decision to send Willock on loan after seeing his recent games. The youngster has been in top form of late and is able to provide for his side when they need him to. Arsenal, on the other hand, have not been too great at goalscoring this term. Mikel Arteta’s side has been struggling to find the back of the net.
In addition to that Arsenal’s proffered midfield options have not been too great either. Granit Xhaka, Partey, Dani Ceballos, and Elneny are yet to score a goal from open play. This is likely to make Arteta think about their decision to loan Joe Willock.
Although, Arsenal did send him on loan to gain experience in the PL. The youngster is now feeling more comfortable away from Emirates and is likely to make a shift. This will put Arteta in jeopardy as he is yet to find a proper midfield setup.
Mikel Arteta has been desperately trying to find Arsenal’s rhythm. However, the Spaniard has not been able to improve their game much so far. But Arteta is keen to get things under control next term. Arsenal are hoping to get back to their winning ways in the upcoming season.