Joe Willock should reject a potential summer move to St James’ Park and look to break into the Arsenal side instead, according to former England international Trevor Sinclair.
The talkSPORT pundit believes our loanee midfielder should look to carry on his recent form at his parent club after showing Mikel Arteta what he has been missing in his absence.
The Gunners sit miserably in 9th place and are on course to have their lowest ever finish since the Premier League’s inception, with no European football to look forward to.
Willock, who has bagged an impressive five goals from just eight starts, was way down the pecking order in North London before joining us in January, but Sinclair has urged him to try and break into the Arsenal side next season.
Here is what he said while speaking on talkSPORT:
“If I was him, I would want to get back to Arsenal because from what I have seen from Arsenal’s midfield, they haven’t been anywhere near as good or as productive as what I have seen from Joe Willock.
“His athleticism, his desire to affect the game and he is a box-to-box player playing with freedom and playing like he is wanting to prove someone wrong.
“If you ask any player who has been released out on loan that is the first thing you go for. Prove people who have let you go wrong.
“He has done that over the last three months and he has been exceptional for Newcastle.”
While Willock’s long-term goal will clearly be to play regularly for his boyhood club, another loan deal makes logical sense and will be beneficial to both parties.
Arsenal know he will be well looked after here and he will get the minutes to kick on as a player; his market value has already doubled since we took him on less than five months ago.
They will likely spend big in the summer window themselves, so having Willock loitering around on the bench when he could be used productively at NUFC would make no logical sense from their point.