Joe Willock has had a strong start to life at Newcastle United.
The midfielder joined the club in January on loan, and immediately proved to be a brilliant signing.
He scored on his debut against Southampton, opening the scoring the last time we tasted victory.
Since then, things have been tough for the Magpies. However, Willock has been one of our more impressive performers.
He was dropped to the bench for Sunday’s game against Tottenham, but was still able to come on and grab a crucial equaliser.
With his willingness to drive forward and get in the box, he adds something to our midfield that we’ve been missing.
However, that option might not be available.
Willock could leave Arsenal permanently
According to the Sunday Mirror (page 63, April 4th), Arsenal are open to selling Willock this summer.
It seems as though the 21-year-old has no future at the Emirates. However, he is proving at Newcastle that he is up to the standard required for the Premier League.
But with money set to be tight on Tyneside this summer without a takeover, retaining the services of Willock could become more difficult.
The Chronicle suggest Arsenal could want at least £20million for their player, which would probably put him beyond Newcastle’s reach.
But other clubs with more resources will be seeing what Willock has done at St James’ Park, and could be willing to stump up the cash.
Arsenal’s reported willingness to let Willock go permanently could make a return to St James’ Park impossible.
If they only want to loan him, a return seems more than likely – providing we stay up. He seems settled at the club, and enjoying his time in the north east.
Willock has proven himself already at Newcastle, and fingers crossed we can secure another loan deal for him. Sadly, it seems like we will be priced out of a permanent move.