Huddersfield Town brought in their second Arsenal academy graduate on deadline day, signing Chris Willock on loan from Benfica.

Chris Willock during his first interview with Huddersfield Town (Photo via
Chris Willock during his first interview with Huddersfield Town (Photo via

Huddersfield Town confirmed the signing of Chris Willock on loan on Friday. The winger was playing for West Bromwich Albion in the first half of the campaign. His parent club Benfica recalled him and sent him off to Huddersfield for the rest of the season.

For those who aren’t aware, Chris Willock is the brother of Arsenal’s Joe. They spent the vast majority of their youth careers in North London before Chris moved on to Benfica.

Emile Smith Rowe already joined Huddersfield on loan earlier in the window. The midfielder has a couple of good games under his belt, only missing out on an assist due to a poor miss for the club’s striker.

Willock will now join him. The problem for the 22-year-old at West Brom was that he just couldn’t get games. He started in the u23s, scoring four goals and assisting five in 10 games, but never made it off the bench for the senior side.

That’s largely because West Brom are fighting so strongly at the top of the Championship. Despite a recent dip in form, they’re still second in the league and only two points off the top. When pushing for promotion, it’s hard to give young players chances.

Chris Willock on the move

“I think there’s some good players here, I’ve watched them in the Championship this season,” Willock said. “I like the style of play. I think as a Club, on the whole, it’s got good morals from what I’ve heard and who I’ve spoken to.

“I think it’s a Club that suits me and hopefully I do well here. I think I spent six months without playing, so it was hard, but I tried to stay focused and work on my game every day.

“I think that gives you a winning drive inside you to do well, when you get the opportunity, so hopefully I can do that.”