In Focus: Chris Willock could be the perfect Roberts replacement at Celtic

As reported by The Daily Mirror, Celtic are eyeing a move for Arsenal attacker Chris Willock as a potential replacement for the outgoing Patrick Roberts.

What’s the story?

Roberts is due to return to his parent club Manchester City this summer and with a lack of personnel already having an impact on that area of the pitch, Celtic badly need reinforcements on the right flank.

The Mirror reckon that Brendan Rodgers and his scouting staff are eyeing a move for young Willock, a 19-year old talent that has already made his Arsenal first team debut.

Celtic believe that the promise of regular first-team football could be enough to convince the young attacker that a spell at the Hoops could be beneficial to all parties.

What does Willock offer?

It isn’t easy to break into the first team of any Premier League side, never mind Arsenal, so Willock’s two appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side this season are a credit to him. Both of them came in the EFL Cup, a competition that Wenger likes to expose the best and brightest of his academy hopefuls to.

He’s been star performer for the club’s U21 side scoring 6 goals in 19 matches last season. He regular trains with the first team which is likely improving his ability week upon week.

The only thing missing in his progression now is first team football and that’s why Celtic could be the perfect match. If Rodgers can nurture his talent in the way he’s done with players already in Glasgow, Willock’s undoubted potential could begin to flower at Celtic Park.

At the very least he provides competition to an area of the pitch that badly needs it and if the Hoops can complement his loan signing with another first team wide man signing, they’ll be in great shape.

 


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