Joe Willock’s future in the air, but loan could open the door to another deal for Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce will have to wait a long summer to see if Joe Willock has a future at Newcastle United after the clash with Fulham.
Willock enters the game looking to score for the seventh game in a row after a remarkable run past goal.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made his feelings for Willock clear on Friday when he revealed he was expecting him back at Emirates Stadium for pre-season training.
Bruce responded to those words with a new vow to at least test the Gunners’ resolve during the closing season, but after the loan deal’s success the door remains open for possible future loan deals. .
The head coach has thanked Arteta and former Newcastle coach Steve Round but may well secure further loans from the 2020 FA Cup winners.
Indeed, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is likely to seek another Premier League loan this summer after returning from West Brom with the England international linked at Newcastle before going to the Hawthorns.
Maitland-Niles should certainly enter the conversation for a summer move and Bruce’s relationship with Arsenal could help secure another interesting signing if Newcastle fail to secure Willock.
Speaking about Willock’s future, Bruce said: “We’ve always said he’s a double-edged sword, and we have to respect that he’s the Arsenal player.
“We will see over the summer if we can test their resolve, but as I said from day one I would like to thank Mikel and Steve Round and the football team as they were instrumental in helping me. find him and let us borrow him for a few months. “
Maitland-Niles recently opened up about his experience at West Brom and said: “It was just more of a chance for me to show what I’m capable of other than sitting on the bench for the rest of the season and to rot. “
Willock has admitted Newcastle is one of his options, but will have to wait and see how the preseason unfolds at Arsenal.
Much will depend on whether the Gunners end up signing Martin Odegaard for up to £ 55million from Real Madrid this summer.