Chris Willock

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Chris Willock
Chris Willock 2015.jpg
Willock playing for Arsenal U19 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Christopher Anthony Willock[1]
Date of birth (1998-01-31) 31 January 1998 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Waltham Forest, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Benfica B
Number 24
Youth career
2003–2016 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Arsenal 0 (0)
2017– Benfica B 59 (14)
National team
2013–2014 England U16 6 (1)
2014–2015 England U17 18 (2)
2015–2016 England U18 4 (0)
2016–2017 England U19 10 (3)
2017– England U20 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 February 2019

Christopher Anthony Willock (born 31 January 1998) is an English professional footballer who plays for Portuguese side Benfica B in LigaPro and the England national under-20 team as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

Born in Waltham Forest, London, Willock joined Arsenal's academy when he was five years old.[3] He, then aged 16, appeared for the Arsenal first team in a pre-season friendly in 2014 when Arsène Wenger described him as a "very interesting player".[4] At the end of the 2015–16 season, he scored and provided two assists in a victory over Aston Villa in the U21 Premier League play-off final held at the Emirates Stadium.[5][6] He made his first team debut on 20 September 2016 against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.[7]

Benfica[edit]

On 30 June 2017, Willock signed a five-year contract with Portuguese champions Benfica.[8][9] He made his Benfica debut with the reserve team in a LigaPro match against Varzim on 23 August 2017.[10]

International career[edit]

Willock was called up in June 2017 as part of England's squad for the 2017 Under-19 European Championships to be held in Georgia.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Willock has two brothers, Matty and Joe, who are also footballers.[12] All three brothers shared a pitch when Manchester United played a reserve game against Arsenal in May 2017.[13] Willock is of Montserratian descent.[14]

Honours[edit]

Individual

Arsenal Youth

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chris Willock - Mallorca Futbol". Mallorca Futbol. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Chris Willock". 11v11. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Introducing Chris Willock". Youtube.com.
  4. ^ Bleaney, Rob (21 July 2014). "Arsène Wenger identifies 16-year-old Chris Willock as next Arsenal star". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Arsenal's Chris Willock gives masterclass as Under-21s are promoted to Division One". Metro.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Christopher Willock: Profile". Arsenal.com.
  7. ^ "Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal - 20 September 2016 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  8. ^ "Chris Willock joins Benfica". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Chris Willock: "Estou muito entusiasmado"" [Chris Willock: "I am very excited"]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 2 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  10. ^ https://www.slbenfica.pt/en-us/agora/noticias/2017_2018/08/23/benfica-b-estreia-oficial-de-willock/
  11. ^ "Dozzell Set for England Training Camp". TWTD.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Who is Arsenal youngster Chris Willock?". The Sun.co.uk.
  13. ^ https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/man-utd-news-willock-pogba-13766528
  14. ^ "ForaDeJogo.net - Chris Willock (Christopher Anthony Willock)". ForaDeJogo.
  15. ^ "Under-17 - Technical report - Team of the Tournament". UEFA. Retrieved 12 March 2019.

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