Joe Willock will undoubtedly have been extremely proud when his brother Chris made his competitive debut for the Arsenal first-team last week, but now the younger sibling is seeking to show that he can also be involved in the senior set-up.
A talented winger who has represented England at youth level, Joe Willock is skilful and direct while he also possesses a goal threat. His first season at U18 level was a little frustrating as, perhaps owing to the fact that he is the youngest player in his age group, he found game time limited.
Now, though, he is a fully-fledged member of Kwame Ampadu’s U18 team and has played a key part in the side’s impressive start to the season.
Although he isn’t the strongest physically, Willock is adept at beating players, while he possesses the ability to play killer passes for his team-mates to latch on to. A good crosser and a sublime dribbler, Willock is a very direct player and has been one of the standout performers for the U18s this season.
If he continues to progress at this rate then Willock should be able to earn a professional contract this season, with involvement in the UEFA Youth League and the U23s the next step in his development.
He is still some way off matching the achievements of his brother, who is on the cusp of the first-team squad, but the prospect of there being more than one Willock representing the Arsenal senior side in the future can’t be discounted.