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Report – Newcastle Hopeful Of Extending Loan Deal For Midfielder Should They Avoid Relegation

Against Tottenham on Sunday, Joe Willock was not in Steve Bruce’s starting eleven for the first time since joining on loan from Arsenal. The 21-year-old had started seven straight matches but was only handed a late cameo at St. James’ Park against Spurs.

However, Willock wasn’t phased by getting dropped and used it as determination to make an impact on the match. The box to box midfielder made one of his trademark late runs into the box and was in the right place at the right time to power in the equalizer.

After the match, Willock expressed his disappointment at not starting but was more than pleased to have gotten the goal that rescued a point for Newcastle. It’ll be interesting to see what Bruce decides to do with the midfield at Burnley on Sunday as Sean Longstaff’s performance certainly justified him getting a start.

Willock has been a very solid signing and adds something different to the Newcastle midfield. He’s become a fan favorite with his gushing praise of the city and it’s loyal fanbase.

Even in these tumultuous times, Willock recently opened the door to him staying at Newcastle beyond this season. This is what the midfielder said just a few weeks ago:

“I love playing for Newcastle.

“When I first came here, I was a bit apprehensive of how I would take to it because I’d never left Arsenal.

“I’d been at Arsenal since I was four and a half, so coming to a new club, coming up north to Newcastle was a bit scary.

“But as I came here and settled in and saw the love from the fans that I’m receiving, of course, I’d love to continue playing here.”

The Chronicle has a report out that says Newcastle hope to extend Willock’s loan move for an additional season if we stay up this season. But they also cite a report in the Sunday Mirror that Arsenal may look to offload him this summer. Here is what is written in the report:

It’s understood Newcastle are hopeful of lining up a season-long loan next term if they stay in the Premier League but the Sunday Mirror claims Willock could even be sold in the close season.

The fee mentioned is around £20m which is likely too much for Newcastle this summer. However, there may not be many takers at that price with most clubs expected to have limited transfer funds this summer.

Hopefully, we’ll get Willock back for another year in the Premier League next season. Then in 2022, who knows what may come. Maybe we’ll have new owners and a full season of full crowds. Then a permanent deal for Willock could be on the cards.

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146 comments so far

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 7, 2021 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #121

    Here’s something though. If you do think that Ashley is trying his best to sell the club, then that is reason to go and support the side, because relegation certainly won’t help the prospect of a sale.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 7, 2021 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #122

    PS I started writing that @08:15, but broke off for a while to have breakfast and do a couple of chores.

    Sorry about it’s length everyone, hard to do in just a couple of sentences, unless I stick to the tried and tested Ashley Out 😉

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 7, 2021 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #123

    Nicky, that’s the “hook” our froggy friend has been pointing out for years. If he’s trying to sell, you’ve got to keep buying tickets and turning up.

    But as Toon22 correctly shows us, “he’s been selling us for 10 years now”

    At what point do we accept he probably isn’t and take the appropriate action to make him.

    My personal opinion is that, it’s all down to this Summer. Either he’ll sell us to the consortium which will be absolutely marvellous, or it all breaks down for whatever reason, then all fans have a decision to make.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #124

    Ron, in theory that could work but it would have to a colour that we haven’t used in the past 3/4 years as 2nd or 3rd strips or it will just look like more support.

    The complication comes from trying to convince 52k to do the same thing. I think someone like NUST would have to organise it, buy the 52k tops and give one to everyone entering the ground on a given day. Otherwise experience has shown support will be hit and miss.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #125

    Yeah, for mine, he needs to sell the club or run it right, and I wouldn’t go until I saw one or the other.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #126

    Loyalty is one of the things that Newcastle fans are famous for but in the case of Ashley its a bad thing

    Hes only concerned about the numbers if you got a stadium empty or half empty for just ONE GAME it would send a message to the business and football world about his ownership rather than just “moaning deluded geordies” who just turn up and moan at the game or are silent!

    People say boycotts never work well I can’t remember a boycott ever being fully tried by Newcastle fans?

    The only time we did protest Ashley banned the media for reporting it and Mclaren got 80 million net that summer

    At the moment Ashley has zero dialogue with the fans, zero sporting ambition, zero connection with the local area and the product is terrible but he still gets what he wants out of the deal because fans still go to games regardless he probably can’t believe his luck only have to look at how Rangers and Liverpool went about their business against Ashley and the Hicks etc

  • Adamn_92

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #127

    The main issue is that things in the past haven’t worked because they haven’t been stuck to or followed through fully. Walking out of the stadium, only some fans did it so the effect was less dramatic. Even then though it was shown on tv and commented on, so if it happened in larger numbers and for a longer period then it could have had a positive effect. Boycotting has never worked because it’s always halfassed, you still get well over 50% of the stadium full so the effect isn’t as strong as it should be. Again, it only lasts for a few games if we’re lucky and then it’s back to normal. The only way anything like that will ever work is if every fan is on the same page and sticks to it long enough for it to have an affect. We are too loyal to the team as fans and so it’s an impossible task to get everyone on the same page.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #128


    A colour-coded protest wouldn’t compromise the “support the team not the régime” argument but, as you point out, it would require massive organisation.

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #129

    Lee, I totally agree it’s our Loyalty that’s hurting us now and that in itself is a crying shame. Like everyone on here I love this club, have done for for past 65 years since I had my “Sir Bobby Moment” with my dad as a 7/8 year old in 1956/7.

    There’s been some ups and downs since, but can’t change my allegiance.

    I want to see our club run properly, with some ambition, not to win everything (or anything) although that would be nice, but simply to compete for everything, to feel that we’re in with a chance in every game in every competition – that’s all. 🙂

  • Adamn_92

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #130

    Put it this way, you’ve organised a big night out with 100 people. A few days before the big night out, you do something horrific and terrible. Someone from that 100 people suggests that everyone shouldn’t show up to the night out as a form of protests against the horrible thing you’ve done. Everyone agrees but come the day of the night out, 70 people still show up. Are you going to be annoyed that only 70 people showed up? Of course not, you’re going to go out and party. Now imagine it’s 52,000 people. The Ashley party continues.

  • HpoolMag

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #131

    Fat lad knows how to divide and conquer, keep enough of the fans dangling with promises of a sale year after year, pretends he has the club and the fans best interests at heart. Be honest if you were outside looking in and and saw that a business was for sale for maybe 10 years but hadn’t sold for various reasons would you really believe this time is the time

  • Regan

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #132

    Bob has the blinds guy coming today….

    Remember Bob..

    If it wasn’t for blinds..it’d be curtains for all of us..

  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #133

    Go to matches for the sake of the staff?

    Is this the same staff that were paid off when relegated to championship and never reinstated??

    The clubs been ran with skeleton staff for years, unless Ashley expects Charnley to do everything, sacking more staff would be virtually impossible.

    It could also be said by giving Ashley season ticket money, you’re allowing him to miss treat Nufc staff who are also fans!

  • Regan

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #134

    HOWAY man Bob..

    Pull yourself together. …lol..

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #135

    Put it this way would you go back to a restaurant if the food was terrible, customer service was non existant and an owner making out that anyone moaning about the food was deluded or asking too much to expect better for the price would you go back?

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #136

    Good one Regan, he’s not turned up yet, already had a row with them, so getting here in approx 1/2 hour.

    They need to pull themselves together. 😉

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #137

    Hey Regan, you seem to be a bit of a double act with Romford.

    Romford and Regan the music twins of the blog.

    Did you used to be Romulus and Rebus in another life?

    If you were, you’re in the right place, our Rome needs rebuilding. 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #138

    Remus ffs not Rebus!!!

  • Regan

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #139

    Woke up this morning to find my curtains were drawn…

    Luckily. .the furniture is real..

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #140

    Just rec’d the Trusts email for the 2nd time. Trailing this announcement big time, hope it’s a winner.

  • carltoon

    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #141

    RON, it would have to be a colour that I like, i can’t stand green.

  • Adamn_92

    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #142

    Any hints as to what the trust announcement will be? I think we can almost certainly rule out anything takeover related as it’s confidential until it’s sorted. Also I doubt the trust would be the ones to break the news, imagine Ashley would want to get the news out first to paint himself in a good light. Could it be to do with allowed back into the stadium? Or some general plans they have going forward for next season? Hope it’s good news but have a feeling it may be quite underwhelming.

  • geordietom

    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #143

    thought everyone would know what the nust annoucement is about like …

  • carltoon

    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #144

    Or we could all turn up at the ground and protest outside. OH! We tried that twenty fans turned up. I don’t think Ashley cares one bit. He’s evidently not bothered. What makes me mad is there are only a few posters who go who are probably not swayed by anyone on here, it would be better to go to the ground and try to sway the children, families, old folk, who just want to go to a match. People go for lots of reasons, you have no idea why I or anyone else go to matches. It’s not always about the crap football.

  • geordietom

    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #145

    Carltoon …

    i think you need to cut and paste your comment pet , the bus has moved 😀

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2021 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #146

    Covid has concentrated Ash’s mind on selling, ie no revenue from home crowds.
    There was no way he would even consider going with full houses still turnng out to watch Bruce’s c–p. Sadly it’s taken covid to show the effect staying away has on Ashley. It’s a pretty obvious correlation to make isn’t it.


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