Arsenal and Newcastle are close to another loan move for Joe Willock. Telegraph… Willock spent the second half of last season on loan at the Forty, scoring eight goals, including seven straight games ending the season, and was one of the main reasons the club avoided relegation.
When asked about Villok after yesterday’s friendly against Hibernian, Mikel Arteta replied: “He trained very well yesterday, but we didn’t want to risk him. Joe is part of our plans, he is our player, and while he is here, we will try to make the most of him. ” It is generally risky to read managers’ comments, especially if they do not speak their own language. But. The fact that “while he is here” suggests that there will be a time when he will not be here, that is,
It’s hard to see where Willock might fit into Mikel Arteta’s preferred 4-1-4-1 formation, and perhaps that’s why he is on loan again.
Personally, I think Arsenal could have dealt with a player like him because he does what the Gunners’ midfielders don’t do – score goals. Arsenal scored two (2) goals from center midfielders last season, while Willock scored eight (8) in half the season. The side is desperately easy for the guys who are making runs into the box, hence the lack of goals from the center players last year, and Willock’s specialty is running late to remove crosses from short throws. Does it make sense why I think it might be useful to the gunners? He even scored several goals as a substitute. Are you really saying there is no room for a guy who can score from the bench?
But if Arteta isn’t going to find a seat and playing time for Willock, renting is a better option than riding a pine tree in the Emirates.
With Willock, the Gunners are in a difficult position. Its value is high right now, but the clubs are not very full of cash and are knocking the door open with mind-blowing offers (unless you are Arsenal chasing Ben White, but I digress). Willock’s value may be higher, or he may have a pedestrian season to cool the hype. He’s only 21 years old, so he probably still needs to develop a little more.
The $ 64,000 question is whether it is part of Arsenal’s long-term plans. I do not know the answer and I am not sure if it is should be, either. We often get too attached to “our” guys and develop a kind of FOMO so that they become good players. But they could have taken a different path and completely fizzled out.
Clubs sell good players all the time. If they receive the proper value in return, which they effectively reinvest, that’s okay. This is a matter of lost profits and the time value of money. Be honest with yourself – was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Alex Iwobi the player you thought they would be when you were on top of them all? Definitely not. I think Arsenal sold both guys well when they strengthened elsewhere.
I think I convinced myself that this is the best course for Arsenal and Joe Willock. Unfortunately, it looks like all we are getting now is just another loan.