It’s fair to say that Joe Willock’s loan spell at Newcastle has been a roaring success in the last few weeks, with the midfielder notching his fourth goal in his last four appearances in the Magpies’ Premier League fixture against Leicester City.
Willock left Arsenal on a short-term deal at the end of January, and has now scored five goals for Steve Bruce’s team in total with Newcastle looking set to avoid relegation to the Championship.
Willock brought smiles to the faces of Arsenal fans back at the start of April with a goal against rivals Spurs in a 2-2 draw, just moments after coming off the bench.
He followed that up with goals against West Ham and Liverpool, again joining the matches from the subs’ bench.
And against Leicester, he opened the scoring, capitalising on a mistake by Caglar Soyuncu to pick up the ball before placing the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal.
It was yet another moment in a purple patch of form for the young midfielder, bringing about praise from Arsenal and Newcastle fans alike.
Rumours have been growing about Willock’s future following his impressive spell for Newcastle,
The Magpies are reportedly interested in making his loan deal permanent in the summer, and the Gunners are believed to be considering a transfer for the midfielder to try and bring in funds to facilitate transfers of their own at the end of the season.
However, his form for Newcastle could prompt a rethink for the Gunners, with Willock impressing in the north east while his team-mates in north London struggle to meet expectations.