Newcastle United journalist Liam Kennedy has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of the Tyneside club making a deal to sign Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock during the current summer transfer window.
On the subject of Willock, who joined the Toon on a loan deal from Arsenal back during the previous January transfer window, Kennedy had this to say about the possibility of him returning to St. James’ Park this summer.
He said: “There is a possibility that Joe Willock could still end up at Newcastle this summer, in my opinion.
“And I know a lot of people have already written it off in their heads, but what I would say about it is, is he worth £30 million? Probably, probably is.
“If he gets eight goals in a season from midfield, he’s done really well. It just so happens that he rode the crest of a wave at the end of last season, but do I think he’s the type of player Newcastle should be signing? I think he fits the profile perfectly.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Kennedy’s comments on a potential deal for Joe Willock this summer…
During his spell at Newcastle, the 21-year-old, who is currently valued at £14.4 million according to Transfermarkt, made 14 appearances for the club in which he managed to score eight goals in the process.
Given the impressive impact he had in front of goal for Newcastle during his loan spell, it would make sense, in our view, for the club to try and secure him again this summer, whether it be on another loan deal or even a permanent signing.
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However, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta previously insisting that Willock will be at the north London club for next season, this does make any potential deal with Newcastle seem unlikely, in our view.
You would imagine that Newcastle would have to cough up a large amount of cash, and using it on a player they had for half a season may not allow them to progress from last term as much as they’d like.