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Joe Willock makes tongue-in-cheek claim that he's quicker than Saint-Maximin

Arsenal loanee, Joe Willock, has been a revelation at Newcastle United since he signed in January, scoring six goals to help the Magpies to safety.

Willock has impressed everyone with his displays and Steve Bruce is desperate to keep him at St James’ Park. However, the Gunners are said to be demanding a hefty fee for their player, and that could curtail Bruce’s plans.

Furthemore, Mikel Arteta may well fancy giving Willock the chance to impress in north London. After all, the whole point of his loan spell was to see just how good he could be at Premier League level.

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Willock is clearly enjoying his time in Newcastle, and speaking to Sky Sports, made the bold claim that he’s even quicker than Newcastle star, Allan Saint-Maximin.

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“It’s probably Allan, no?,” Willock said when asked who was the quickest at the club.

“But I don’t think he’s a 93 (FIFA rating for speed). I’m up there, if you’re talking about top speed. The people doing the ratings at FIFA need to get more data before they rate them.”

Willock’s opinion was backed up by fellow Toon favourite, Callum Wilson, who also said the Arsenal man is ‘up there’. Whether we’ll ever get to directly find out in a foot race live on TV, remains to be seen!

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This might be a bit of fun, but with Wilson backing up the opinion it shows that Willock has something in the locker.

Beyond this, the clear thing is that Willock has proven himself a capable Premier League player. He’s been exceptional in the northeast and if Arteta doesn’t give him a chance, you’d have to question that call.

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