Former Manchester United player Matty Willock has signed for Gillingham on a two-year deal. Gills manager Steve Evans fought off a host of other clubs to land the highly-rated midfielder, who arrives with glowing reports.
After signing, Willock said:
“I’m delighted, I can’t wait to get going and I’m excited to meet my new team-mates and begin playing.
“I’ve been on loan for the last two years so I wanted to carry on with my development, play men’s Football and I thought this was the perfect opportunity.”
Fair play to the youngster. Leaving Man United and joining Gillingham shows he wants to play first-team football, and he’s prepared to start in League One. It’s a very interesting signing, it could be a masterstroke from The Gills, especially on a free.
What could they potentially be getting from signing Willock…
The League One Paul Pogba
The 20-year-old has a similar physique to Paul Pogba and judging from a four-minute Youtube video, a similar playing style too. Willock, albeit in youth games, looks to just saunter around the pitch and dictate the match. I imagine he’ll be playing without fear and in fact, relishing the opportunity to express himself.
Just from reading on Twitter, Gills fans are very excited by the signing, and they have every right to be.
Willock looks like he possesses the ability to produce ‘a bit of a magic’ whether that’s scoring a screamer, or dribbling through five players. Most League One matches are tight contests, and having a player that can ‘win the match on his own’ is massively important. Maybe The Gills have found their gem.
Tom Eaves has been offered a new contract to stay at the club, manager Evans will be hoping he gets the chance to partner the two and pushes for a playoff position.