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NUFC Target Feels Recent Loan Moves Have Been Crucial To His Development

Arsenal fly to Orlando tomorrow to prepare for Sunday’s Florida Cup against Inter Milan. All indications are that Newcastle’s top summer target Joe Willock will be on that flight.

The ball is in Mikel Arteta’s court as to the midfielder’s future. For now at least, it appears that Arteta is going to take a long look at Willock before making his decision.

After the 1-0 defeat at York City on Sunday, Steve Bruce said he had a few things bubbling away in the transfer market. However, he conceded that nothing was imminent.

In addition to Willock, Newcastle are in talks to land Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on a season-long loan. He could be one of the targets Bruce mentioned on Sunday.

The Express have published some comments from the 21-year-old about his loan spells over the past two seasons. The attacking midfielder split the 2019-20 season between Charlton and Swansea in the Championship. Last season he had his first taste of the Premier League with West Brom.

Gallagher believes those loans have been very beneficial to his development. This is what the young Englishman said about those moves:

“I’ve loved every loan I’ve been on. It’s been great meeting new people, playing with different players, and under different managers. It’s all about getting different experiences.

“With Sam at West Brom, it was more about the dirty side and doing that well, whereas at Swansea it was about runs in behind and creating chances.

“Each manager has helped improve different areas of my game.

“I’ve improved as a player in the past two years, and a lot of that is down to the four managers I’ve played under. I want to push on even more now.

“I think of myself as an all-round midfielder.

“I know defensive intelligence is something I can improve on so I’ve been working on that. I’ve been told I need to get better at that so I’m focusing on it.

“I’m only 21 so I feel like I’ve gained a lot of experience already. It’s still just the start. I’m nowhere near where I want to be. I know I can go even further.”

Gallagher is destined for another loan this season. From these comments, he seems very determined to fulfill his vast potential. The England U21 international only turned 21 in February so he could be primed for a breakout season.

If he is one Bruce is targeting, let’s hope there is a breakthrough soon. Newcastle are falling behind the pack having made no additions with the season due to start in under four week’s time.

141 comments so far

  • Not another deJong

    Jul 20, 2021 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Gallagher will do well to avoid Bruce then.

  • Not another deJong

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Nothing to stop the club from taking on a short(-ish) term loan similar to those a lot of other clubs have with US Investment Funds, in order to buy transfers. The squad definitely needs refreshing and not necessarily a highly paid ‘marquee’ signing.

  • Not another deJong

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #3

    In case you missed it.


    Steve Wraith / Keith Patterson

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Ashley Oot!
    Bruce Oot!
    Sean Casey, Burnsie and all the other ITK’s who’ve made up nonsense for a year to make themselves look importan Oot!!!

  • Mund

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Magpie Media

    Mikel Arteta is waiting for confirmation on one more Midfield singing before he can hit the go button on the transfer to #NUFC

    The deal structure still in place just depending on Arsenal and their incomings.

    He is expected to travel to USA

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Nobody really knows the reasons for the delay . We are just going to have to wait – again.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s really good news to see we still have the begging bowl out, thank you to the gods that we have such generous top clubs.


  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #8

    NUFC is like Schrodinger’s CAT, are we alive or dead? No one knows until the box is opened and the result is given.

    Either that or it’s Groundhog day, altogether now “They say we’re young and we don’t know, We won’t find out until we grow, Well I don’t know if all that’s true, Cause you got me, and baby I got you”

  • Mag52

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #9


    Don’t forget Leicester defied the odds, and the corruption, a few seasons ago.
    Good luck in finding something to fill the void left in your life.

  • Mag52

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Gallagher on loan would be massive for us this season.

  • dabassman

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    I have said previously that we have been linked with odd players this window It seems like anybody who is completing a change of club is coming here. Every day there are our number one target going to another club. I’m not saying that we don’t need new blood but not my dead granny or the cat next door!!!
    We need an attacking centre back-read Carter-Vickers 2 midfield players read Willock and Gallagher a supporting striker Armstrong? or the like.Bruce prefers players that have prem experience so I don’t buy into the Spanish French Turkey connection even though they might have flair-we have that already.
    The only other thing we need to look at is if Matt Ritchie leaves if thats the case Jetro is the player waiting in the wings

  • Zorro

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Celtic c half k ajer who was a nailed on transfer lol has signed for a bigger club for around £13m

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte have all been told they can leave. If only

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Comment 13 So what does that raise £300 M, 0r maybe more. Incomings Kane ,Grealish and three others. What a level playing field the Premier League is!

  • lesh

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    When will these idiots learn that fannying on in the transfer market doesn’t work.

    If Arteta takes Willock to Florida, that’s that, he’ll not be coming to NUFC this summer. Ffs, they’re exposing him to Covid, injury or dare I say it, joining some other club.

    Miss our on Willock and Ashley’s sticking two fingers up at St Max and he’ll be off and heads’ll go down, closely followed by NUFC.

    There’s no money but it’s said that Ashley made £5m from a club land sale. Maybe he could put that into the transfer kitty?

    What a sad state of affairs.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Zorro, never mind Brentford they are all bigger clubs than us in the Premiership even Norwich, Brighton and Burnley. All this fake news about players we are allegedly after – Pa!. We are after nobody with any street cred under this farcical lot.
    Why go for Choudhurey and Will Hughes when we have a much better player in Matty Longstaff who is never given a proper chance?

  • Wor B

    Jul 20, 2021 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #18

    West Lancs Geordie

    If Pep wants Joelinton, Hendrick and Gayle I’ll drive them down tonight.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Lesh Mash will have no qualms whatsoever in selling ASM. Great business in his eyes buy for what £16.5M and sell for £66.5 M . Sadly little will go into the transfer pot and where do you find another Maxi?
    Sadly same old , same old for 2021/22 season and probably beyond. The Saudis will be off having a look elsewhere where a take over will sail through.
    This Club has been shafted yet again and Rafa was made aware of this . Hence accepting the Everton job. It’s high time some barsteward starting telling the truth . NUFC transparency can only be described as a thick stinking smog. One big step up from the Mushroom Syndrome.

  • Mag52

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #20


    £13 million, sorry mate that exceeds this window’s budget. Ask Ashley, he’s the man controlling the purse strings.

  • Mund

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #21


    Arteta taking Willock to the US has nothing to do with our side.

  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #22

    What I wouldn’t give for a decent window.

    One that has you excited for the season to come.

    A bit of spine tingling anticipation for what could be.

    Back to reality, who’s free or will sign for a bag of Tudor?

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #23


    I said at the end of last season, and the one before, ASM wouldn’t be sold.

    You or some other poster bet he would.

    Even if Willock doesn’t come I say he’ll still be here.

    Let’s see who is right.

  • lesh

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #24


    If you mean ‘our side’ being Charmless and Ashley, has nothing to do with Willock going to the US, ask yourself would he be going if NUFC had made a serious attempt to getting him signed weeks ago.

  • lesh

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Bills son

    St Max’ll have itchy feet if Willock’s not brought in. If he’s not sold this summer or Christmas, his heart won’t be in love with NUFC but assuming he’s fit, he’ll play himself into the shop window.

    Perhaps my words should’ve been along the lines of he’ll be wanting away rather than will be.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #26

    If Priceless Charming had negotiated that Willock was to join us he wouldnt be on a flight to the USA., he’d be at Benton.

    Anyway why are Arsenal going Stateside.
    Isn’t their a pandemic about?
    Americans have been told not to travel to UK.
    Will Arsenal quarantine for 10days when back.?

    One rule for some etc etc

  • lesh

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Bills Son Is Back

    By the way, it weren’t me that offered a bet so you can look somewhere else for your holiday money.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #28

    ASM won’t be so because nobody will fork out the money for him at the moment. He will be sold though just as Grealish will, Villa are already investing the cash in the like of Buendia and bidding for ESR, it won’t bankrupt them if Grealish stays though. What preparations are we making for somebody meeting ASM’s release clause. We can’t even make a deal for a hugely influential loan player that should have been a given.

  • lesh

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #29


    Don’t worry about Arsenal going stateside during the pandemic. Covid’ll bypass them just like it has those who’ve gone to the Olympics.

    Oh, err, hang on a sec…..

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Not sure if anyone has already this, but it includes James Perch talking about being colour blind and how it affected him during our derby games…


  • toon22

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Just another 2 weeks guys

  • Mund

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #32


    If Arteta wants to keep Willock until he brings in replacements then there’s nothing we can do about it.

  • dabassman

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Regarding Willock
    Arteta has stated over and over again he wants a decent look at Willock What he is saying for those who like to blame ashley bruce etc for everything is Back off until i have decided if I’m going to keep him. He is arsenals player now I have it on good authority that if he gets the midfielder he wants Willock is ours Loan to buy So just wait.

  • Mund

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #34

    The deal is done. Arsenal just need to release him.

  • TheTinman

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Sean Casey
    Charnlet set to finalise the Willock bid as soon as his perm is finished. Expect to hear it in the media tomorrow (the bid not the perm) #nufc

  • The Prince's Mate

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #36

    No disrespect to newly promoted Brentford but its a sad sign of the times when a player prefers them to us…

  • dabassman

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #37

    @princes Mate
    we were never interested in Ajer its a journo story

  • Mund

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #38

    There is plenty to bring up to shit on the regime and Ashley but using complete nonsense just doesn’t wash with me.

    Arteta is holding the deal back it’s got nowt to do with Ashley, Charnley or Bruce

  • TheTinman

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Magpie Media

    Your love keeps on lifting me Ajer and Ajer. The big Norwegian spotted in Tyneside buying a Greggs. Pastie filling to follow… #nufc

  • toon22

    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #40


    You know this how ?
    Mind reading?
    Ouigia board ?

    Give over with the cobblers


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