Newcastle United are reportedly keen to bring Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock back to St James’ Park on a season-long loan this summer.
After falling down the pecking order at Arsenal, Willock spent the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle.
The 21-year-old England youth international netted eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances for the Magpies. He even scored in seven consecutive games, equalling Newcastle legend Alan Shearer’s historic record.
His displays helped Newcastle pull away from the relegation zone and eventually finish in 12th spot. Thus, Steve Bruce is hoping to call on the services of the talented midfielder for another season.
“Of course we want him back, he did great with us and gives us another dimension in midfield that we haven’t got,” Bruce was quoted as saying by .
According to Sky Sports, Emile Smith Rowe’s new deal at Arsenal might pave the way for Willock to join Newcastle.
Willock was not part of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s plans last season, but the Spaniard admitted the midfielder could feature more often next season. If Willock does stay at the club, he will have to compete with Emile Smith Rowe for a spot in the Arsenal midfield.
Smith Rowe shone for the Gunners last season and if he plays at a similar level next season, Willock is unlikely to get much of a look-in.
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