Willock happy to play waiting game at Albion

West Bromwich
Norwich could reignite their interest in Benfica winger Chris Willock after it emerged they failed with a bid to sign him in January.

Forward Chris Willock is remaining philosophical about his lack of first-team action at West Brom and believes it is just a case of plugging away.

The 21-year-old, who has been on the books at Portuguese giants Benfica since 2017, penned a season-long loan deal with the Baggies in August but has yet to see any first-team action.

The former England Under-20 ace has been playing for the club’s Under-23s and putting in some stellar displays in Premier League 2.

He has five goals and four assists in the league and cup this term and was instrumental in Deon Burton’s youngsters coming back from two goals down to draw with Stoke City last week.

Having started his career with Arsenal, the Londoner made the decision to move to Benfica after failing to see any Gunners’ action but it has been the same story with the Estadio da Luz outfit.


The youngster did not get a look in with the first team but made 64 Benfica B appearances across two campaigns.

That caught the attention of Baggies’ scouts but, once again, he has been overlooked, with Slaven Bilic preferring others as West Brom prepare to face Hull City on Saturday.

It would be enough for some players to down tools and ask for another move but Willock, capped at five different age-groups for the Three Lions, does not see it that way and will get his head down to try and force a way into the high-flying side.

“My main goal is to get minutes in the first-team,” he told the club’s official website. “Hopefully I can do that soon.

“I spoke to the boss a few weeks ago and he said I need to be to patient and wait for an opportunity and keep working hard.”