A big transfer claim has been dropped on Joe Willock and his future at Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Newcastle want Willock permanently
It is not secret of the desire for the St. James’ Park faithful to sign Willock on a permanent deal from Arsenal, with Steve Bruce even admitting to talkSPORT recently that they will be looking to make his move to the North East a permanent one after his loan spell ends.
Should Newcastle sign Willock?
Willock has also reportedly told his teammates that he would like to stay for the 2021/22 term as well, potentially on a permanent basis.
The Latest: McLeish backs Willock deal
McLeish, who is now a pundit after previously managing in the Premier League, has backed the Tyneside club to sign Willock permanently in some comments that he has made to Football Insider:
“Oh, my word. You talk about ‘impact’, that is a great word.
“Another great word is inspirational and that’s what the kid has been.
“To come up with the vital goals he’s come up with in recent weeks, it was truly incredible.
“He’s ready to be plucked by Newcastle, depending on who they’re targeting for next season to make it not as stressful a season.”
The Verdict: Newcastle should sign Willock
Although it may not be an easy deal to do, given his form and potential, the Magpies should be looking to try and lure Willock away from the Emirates Stadium permanently.
The 21-year-old offers athleticism and the ability to carry the ball from midfield, and his knack for a goal, with which he has scored no fewer than five important ones already, is an asset very hard to turn down.
The Gunners may be looking for a mass clear-out at the Emirates Stadium after a disappointing season, and with them potentially out of Europe, they will need to find a way to raise some cash.
Given that they were willing to let Willock go out on loan in the first place, the Toon could be a major beneficiary in the summer window.
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