Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has once again reiterated his desire to sign Arsenal loanee Joe Willock on a permanent deal this summer.
The young Englishman has been a real star for the Magpies since joining them on loan. He has arguably saved Newcastle United from relegation all on his own, and it is no surprise that Bruce wants to keep hold of him beyond the end of this season.
The Magpies boss has revealed that talks haven’t yet started between the two clubs regarding Willock. He has promised the Englishman that he will not be a super-sub if he returns next season, he’ll be a regular starter.
Bruce said, as per NUFC.co.uk: “He doesn’t like being called super-sub by the way, and if we can get him for next year, he won’t be a super-sub, he’ll be playing.
“We’re delighted for the kid. It’s quite unbelievable to score the equaliser against Tottenham, to go to Anfield and do it again. It’s quite remarkable. I’m pleased for Joe. He’s got the football world talking about him, which was key for him to come here and show off what he’s got.
“We’d love to keep him, he’s 21 years old and he ticks all the box as far as I’m concerned. I don’t know where £20 million come from. We have to have a conversation with Arsenal. We don’t even know if he’s available.”
Should Arsenal sell Joe Willock?
Arsenal will be extremely short in central midfield this summer.
We now know that Dani Ceballos will be returning to Real Madrid, while Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all expected to be sold before the start of next season.
That leaves Mikel Arteta with just Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny in the middle of the park. That is simply not enough for the whole season, which may open the door for Willock.
The Englishman has shown that he has the quality to perform against top teams in the Premier League. His trait of scoring late goals is excellent for a team to have, and it makes more sense for Arteta to keep him than to sell him for the reported £20 million fee.