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Exclusive: Rob Lee claims Joe Willock is perfect for a bench role

In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Rob Lee, who is a Newcastle United Hall of Famer, believes the way Steve Bruce is using Joe Willock as a super-sub is perfect for the 21-year old.

The £20,000 per week midfielder has taken his chance while out on loan with the Magpies having scored four goals, with three of them coming after Willock had been subbed onto the pitch late in the second half.

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Willock had been handed just two Premier League starts with Arsenal during the first half of the season but made an instant impact on Tyneside when he scored on his debut against Southampton.

Speaking on why Willock’s current role is perfect for him and why he isn’t currently starting for Newcastle, Lee exclusively told FFC:

I genuinely don’t think it’s to do with how he’s playing I think it’s just the way that the team is set up, and I know Joe will want to start but it would change the dynamic of the side.

“At the moment he won’t like it but it suits him because everyone’s tired and when he comes on he’s got fresh legs and more often than not he’s getting chances, but he will be desperate to get in the team and he’ll be knocking on Bruce’s door no doubt, but I’m sure it’s not a long term thing.”

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It has been reported that Arsenal would be willing to accept a fee of around £20million for Willock and the Magpies are likely to be at the front of the queue.

Willock’s latest goal for the Magpies came in the 96th minute against Liverpool, which earned his side a valuable and rare point at Anfield.

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