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.