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Joe Willock ready to leave Arsenal as Newcastle United put together offer – Report

3 weeks ago
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Joe Willock made Premier League history on Wednesday night.

At 21 years and 272 days old, the Arsenal loan player became the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League appearances in the competition’s history (from start of 1992/93 season onwards).

That run is even more impressive when you consider that, for whatever bizarre reason, Steve Bruce left Joe Willock out of the starting eleven for four matches, in three of the four he came on as a late sub and each time scored to save Bruce’s bacon (against Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool).

After making it six goals in his last six NUFC appearances, Joe Willock was interviewed by the club’s own NUFC TV and asked what he wanted to say to the fans:

“I want to say thank you for making me feel so welcome, thank you for greeting me with open arms.

“I hope you are satisfied with what I have given for the club so far and hopefully there’s more to continue in the future.

“I’m not going to promise anything but the conversation [about signing permanently] is going to be held.”

As well as the club’s official, Joe Willock was naturally asked the same question about a possible Newcastle United long-term future by the non-NUFC official media and maybe this time more realistic / honest / not as positive with his reply:

“I’m not sure.

“I need to have a conversation and see what the best move for me is.

“I have made friends for life and made a really big connection with the fans.

“It [signing permanently for Newcastle United] is one of my options and I am going to consider it.”

Whichever way you look at it, Joe Willock gains nothing at this point by saying he definitely won’t come to Newcastle United or even consider it.

It is also equally apparent that when you see him interviewed and Joe Willock says he has enjoyed his time on Tyneside, he is telling the truth.

Well what’s not to like when you are a 21 year old who had previously scored one goal in 40 Premier League appearances and now in only 890 minutes of PL action for Newcastle United, in ten starts and three sub appearances, Willock has scored seven goals from midfield, at a rate of a goal on average every 127 minutes. These last six goals coming in only 289 minutes of play.

The Telegraph have now claimed an ‘exclusive’ on Thursday, stating that their information is that Newcastle United will indeed definitely make an offer to buy Joe Willock. The newspaper also saying that Newcastle are confident that the midfielder is now ready to leave Arsenal / London on a permanent basis.

Maybe they do indeed have inside exclusive info but it is an easy story to write, as like so many other transfer tales / claims, very hard to disprove anything that is written.

What I think is for sure, this is set to be a marathon and not a sprint.

A normal club would be throwing everything at this to try and get a deal done ASAP and indeed Newcastle United should be doing that now, make their best possible offer to Arsenal and do the same with Joe Willock, whilst he is still amongst his new NUFC mates and feeling the adulation of the fans so sharply.

Once the season ends and Joe Willock is back down that London, he will increasingly be thinking more rationally…

In other words, what would signing for Mike Ashley (and Steve Bruce) actually do to / for his career?

Joe Willock turns 22 a week into the new season on 20 August 2021 and sadly, with each extra goal he scores for Newcastle, two things happen.

Arsenal’s valuation rises, plus more and more clubs will be taking an active interest.

It would be an unusual situation if Mike Ashley even allows Newcastle United to even buy a raffle ticket, in terms of being willing to match what any other Premier League will pay as the transfer fee and the same with Willock’s wage deal.

The Telegraph are still talking about Newcastle United  and potentially £20m to make their bid but surely that was Willock’s price tag after two or three goals, not now we are onto seven and counting. Around £20m has become a regular valuation for many players moving up to Premier League clubs from the Championship, so I don’t see how £20m can be seen as realistic when it is a midfielder who is already knocking them in for fun inn the top tier.

Many Newcastle fans will be already be having very sceptical / cynical conversations with other NUFC supporters, or indeed just inside their own heads, as to what Newcastle United’s / Mike Ashley’s best offer will be to Joe Willock.

Numerous other clubs offering £30m+ and competitive wages, whilst Ashley offers Arsenal £10m and Jeff Hendrick, or £5m without Hendrick…

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