Newcastle United are interested in keeping Joe Willock on loan next season, but the Sunday Mirror (4/4; page 63) suggests that they may face a couple of major problems holding onto the Arsenal man.
Willock has arguably been a positive during what has been a hugely disappointing spell for the Magpies. He scored on his debut following his loan move at the start of the year.
Unfortunately, Steve Bruce’s men have slid closer and closer to the bottom three. And unsurprisingly, failing to keep their heads above water could have a huge impact on their summer plans.
According to the Sunday Mirror (4/4; page 63), Bruce wants Willock to stay for another loan spell.
However, it is noted that the Gunners are likely to want the 21-year-old to be playing in the top flight next year if he is going to be loaned out.
The Mirror also claims that Arsenal are open to selling him permanently. So that may also perhaps derail Newcastle’s plans if they are not looking at keeping him for the long-term.
TBR View: Willock should consider Newcastle loan – no matter which division they are in
Willock – who earns £20,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – is unlikely to have any regrets about moving to Tyneside. He has already made seven starts in the Premier League since his switch.
He should therefore, be open to staying at St James’ Park no matter which division they are in. Newcastle will be able to offer him the kind of game-time he simply will not get at Arsenal.
Of course, he should consider other offers that come in. But being a key man at Newcastle next season should surely appeal whether they are in the Premier League or Championship.