Newcastle United legend urges Mike Ashley to seal permanent transfer of £20m Arsenal loanee Joe Willock
Malcom Macdonald has urged Mike Ashley in his column for Chronicle Live to see that Joe Willock does not make his final Newcastle United appearance at Fulham on Sunday.
The iconic Toon striker is adamant that Willock must stay at St. James’ Park for at least another season, having been a sensation since arriving on a Deadline Day loan deal from Arsenal in the winter transfer market.
Magpies boss Steve Bruce has already expressed on talkSPORT that he and the Newcastle hierarchy agree that they would love to retain Willock on a permanent deal, although funds may prove challenging with United expected to operate on a tight budget.
Willock is also thought to be ready to leave Arsenal and make his loan move permanent at the end of the season after being given a regular run of minutes under Bruce (Telegraph), but the Gunners value their academy graduate at £20million.
The Toon are expected to submit an offer for Willock, as the England U21 international has proven highly popular on Tyneside and scored seven goals in 13 appearances, which would appease Macdonald who is adamant that Ashley must find a way to keep the midfielder.
“My message to Mike Ashley: Don’t let Sunday’s game at Fulham be Joe Willock’s last as a Newcastle player,” Macdonald wrote. “Find a way of bringing him back, even if it is another loan deal.”
Adding: “Willock has been a breath of fresh air and long may it continue. Six goals in his last six games and seven all told, having just arrived on the last day of January is phenomenal. When you also happen to be a midfielder, it is beyond belief and the kid is only 21.”
Arsenal may be opposed to sending Willock back to St. James’ Park on loan for another season as Mikel Arteta’s side could fear missing out on selling the midfielder while his stock is high, but an approach is worth considering for Newcastle given their limited finances.
Willock has certainly been a breath of fresh air on Tyneside like Macdonald claims, as he has offered Bruce a willing runner from the centre of the pitch who can sneak into the box, but also one who can get onto the end of crosses.
Those late runs and relentless spate of goals proved crucial to Newcastle building form that would ensure their Premier League safety, while his regular minutes under Bruce could certainly tempt Willock into considering a future away from north London.
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