Joe Willock says he’s open to turning his loan move with Newcastle into a permanent arrangement.
The England under-21 international’s time on Tyneside couldn’t have gone any better since he moved in January. He’s scored in six consecutive Premier League games – becoming the youngest player to achieve the feat – and secured vital points to secure the Magpies’ Premier League status.
The Geordies have fallen in love and, unsurprisingly, Steve Bruce is keen to talk to Arsenal about a summer deal.
“Let’s see what we can do because he’s exactly what we needed,” said the Newcastle manager.
“Joe has still got a lot to learn but we have given him a freedom and a licence to get forward. He is a young player enjoying his football.”
While Willock grew up at Arsenal, his first taste of life away from London appears to have got the juices flowing.
Following last night’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United, Willock was asked about his future as fans serenaded him with “We want you to stay” chants.
“I want to say thank you for making me feel so welcome and thank you for greeting me with open arms,” he said.
“I hope you’re satisfied with what I’ve given for the club so far and hopefully there’s more to come in the future.
“I’m not going to promise anything, but the conversation is going to be held.
“To make history at this special club is special for me. I came here on loan to help the team and it’s turned into a brilliant story.
“It’s been tremendous and I’m so happy that we can sign off with a win at home.”
“I have made friends for life and made a really big connection with the fans. It [staying permanently] is one of my options and I am going to consider it.”
Whatever happens next for Joe, this has obviously been a life-affirming experience for him. Here’s hoping he goes from strength to strength.