Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock could reject Mikel Arteta’s promises of a long-term role after his Newcastle loan spell, one pundit claims.
The 21-year-old emerged as one of the Premier League’s best players in the second half of the season. Amid Newcastle’s battle with relegation, he netted eight goals in 14 games to steer the Magpies to safety. Indeed, he matched Alan Shearer’s club record of scoring in seven successive league games.
As a result, his future will prove a big topic during the summer transfer window.
Reports have indicated that Arsenal could price their Premier League rivals out of a deal with their valuation.
Nevertheless, Kevin Campbell has claimed that Willock could force his own way out of the Emirates Stadium, even if not for a move back to Tyneside.
“Willock might say: ‘No, I want to go’,” Campbell told Football Insider.
“For him to come back and be battling the likes of Thomas Partey and other quality midfielders is a tough ask. He’ll be thinking: ‘I know I can go and play. I’ve proven I can do it’. And It’s not all low teams either.
“He’s scored against Liverpool, he’s scored against Spurs, he’s scored important goals as well.
“He’s probably one of the main reasons why Newcastle have stayed up with games to spare. It’s been an incredible loan spell.
“That’s what the loan system is for, to see how these players get on. He’s proved that he can do it.”
However, Campbell added that the pressure will be different at Arsenal if Willock does decide to stay in London.
Willock must decide carefully
“The key thing is, will he have that confidence coming back to Arsenal? There won’t be a lot of chances,” the pundit said.
“When he gets his chances, can he look like the player he was at Newcastle?
“There is pressure at Newcastle but the pressure is different at Arsenal.”
Meanwhile, doubt has emerged over another Arsenal youngster youngster’s future in north London.