The Telegraph have dropped a bid update on Newcastle’s pursuit of Joe Willock…
What’s the talk?
According to The Telegraph, Newcastle are willing to meet Arsenal’s £22m valuation of Joe Willock this month to land him on a permanent basis following his loan spell at the club last term.
The report claims that the two sides are both prepared to green-light the deal and it is now down to the player to decide whether or not he wants to make the move back up to the North East.
Is Willock worth £22m?
Newcastle fans will be on cloud nine after reading this news as the club are showing ambition in the transfer market this month.
You could forgive supporters for being frustrated with the window thus far as Mike Ashley has failed to make a senior addition to the squad, but this big update shows that they are now ready to make a sizeable splash for a key player.
Willock was only on Tyneside for half of the 2020/21 campaign, yet only Callum Wilson scored more Premier League goals than him. His eight league strikes came in just 11 starts and Joelinton’s tally of four was the next-highest in the squad.
This shows how important he was to Newcastle, as he was able to make an instant impact after his arrival from Arsenal. Magpies boss Steve Bruce hailed him as a terrific athlete after his debut and highlighted how he is a modern-day midfielder in terms of his style of play.
He said: “It was a classic midfield player’s goal from the ability to arrive in the box, and that’s what he’s brought us. He can go box-to-box, he’s a terrific athlete, the kid, a typical modern-day midfield player who has the ability to get up and down the pitch quickly and has that added ability to score a goal.”
The Toon Army will, therefore, be delighted that the club are willing to pay a sizeable amount of money to bring Willock back on a permanent basis. It shows an ambition from Newcastle to improve their squad in the short and long term, given that he is only 21 and has the potential for further growth and development as a player.
Fans will be over the moon if he decides to make the switch in the coming weeks and it could now be down to Bruce to make a convincing pitch to the England under-21 international gem.