According to a report from The Telegraph, Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has decided who he wants his first summer signing to be – Arsenal loanee Joe Willock.
The young Englishman joined the Magpies on loan back in the January transfer window. Willock scored on his debut for Newcastle and has banged in two more in his last two appearances – both after coming off the bench.
The Arsenal midfielder has, in a way, played a huge part in helping Newcastle survive. All is not done just yet, but Willock’s recent goals gave the Magpies four very valuable points, and many believe that will be enough for them to avoid relegation.
It is no secret now that Newcastle would like to keep hold of Willock beyond the end of the season. However, Arsenal might decide to do something completely different, especially with how short we might end up in midfield this summer.
When Willock’s move to Newcastle was confirmed, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “Joe is a young player with great ability who is progressing very well and we are happy with his continued development. At this moment in his career, Joe needs to be playing regularly.” (Arsenal.com)
Willock is indeed a player with great ability and everyone associated with Newcastle United have noticed that. It is no surprise at all that they want to sign him on a permanent deal, but it won’t be easy to convince Arsenal.
The Insider’s View:
It will be interesting to see the fee Arsenal will demand for Joe Willock.
The young Englishman’s recent form would’ve surely helped increase his transfer value, and with over two years left on his current contract, Arsenal will be in a fairly strong position in potential negotiations.
If Willock plays out of his skin in the six remaining games, Arteta may well decide to keep hold of him. However, it’s hard to imagine Arsenal turning down a big bid, should it come, from Newcastle or any other club for Willock this summer.