Former Arsenal youngster Chris Willock could soon join Leeds United on loan, according to reports.
Chris Willock came through Arsenal’s academy system but left for Benfica on a free transfer in the summer.
The 19-year-old could be the move again, with The Mirror (via HITC) reporting that Leeds United are interested in taking him on loan.
Willock was one of the most exciting talents in the Arsenal set-up but he decided to leave for more first team opportunities.
Those opportunities have yet to come at Benfica, for whom he’s yet to make his first team debut after joining them in the summer.
Instead, he’s been playing for the Benfica B team in the Portuguese second division.
He’s featured 11 times for them, but has only accumulated 795 minutes in that time as he has to share game time with Benfica’s other promising talents.
Meanwhile, his younger brother, Joe, has appeared seven times for the Arsenal first team this season.
Had he stuck around, Chris Willock may well have been impressing in the Europa League and Carabao Cup this season.
While it wouldn’t have been Premier League football, the opportunities to play for the first team would have been there.
A move to Leeds may suggest he’s struggling to adapt to life in Portugal. After leaving London, Willock said of his decision, “Since the age of 5, all I’ve known is Arsenal.
“I’ve gone through the youth ranks, trained and learnt from the academy. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone at Arsenal football club, staff, players, coaches, managers and the fans who have helped and influenced me to become the player I am today.
“This was a huge decision for me and my family to make. And not one we made lightly.
“I’m excited at the opportunity to play for Benfica. It’s a new challenge, new culture and new group of players! Looking forward to showing them what I’ve got!”
Predominantly a left winger, Willock can also play centrally or just behind the striker as the number 10. He burst onto the Arsenal scene when he became only the third Arsenal player to feature in a first-team friendly at the age of 16.
A skillful player, Willock loves dribbling and taking defenders on, one-on-one down the flank.
In addition to Joe (18), Chris has another brother – Matty (21) – who has been with Manchester United since 2012 after he also left Arsenal.