Eddie Howe believes Joe Willock has gone to another level with Newcastle
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Eddie Howe believes Joe Willock has gone to another level with Newcastle

Joe Willock scored Newcastle United’s winner against Chelsea on Saturday, and Eddie Howe has heaped praise on the midfielder.

The 23-year-old was the hero on a special night inside St James’ Park, as Toon fans waved goodbye to their team ahead of the World Cup break.

Newcastle won’t play a competitive game again until December, and Willock gave supporters something to remember with a stunning goal against Chelsea.

It was the only goal of the game, and means that Newcastle are still third in the Premier League. It’s five wins in a row for the Magpies, and it’s also two goals in two games for Willock.

The £25million man has been enjoying a fabulous season, but has struggled for goals…until now.

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His finish against Southampton was wonderful, but his strike against Chelsea was even better. He arrived on the edge of the box at the perfect time, curling a powerful strike beyond Edouard Mendy.

St James’ Park erupted with noise as his shot hit the back of the net, and it turned out to be the only goal of the game.

Willock was awarded the Player of the Match, and impressed Howe with his performance.

What Eddie Howe said about Joe Willock after Chelsea winner

After the game, Howe spoke to NUFC TV. He spoke very highly of Willock, and was asked if he believes he has gone to another level now by adding goals to his game.

“Yeah I think so,” Howe said.

“I think he considers himself an attacking player, a creative player – and so do we. He’s taken his goals in the last two games brilliantly.

“I think he’s been knocking on the door all season to score and he’s been really unlucky not to. But he’s kept plugging away, trained well and today’s up there with one of his best performances I’ve seen.”

Goalscorer Willock is back

Goals are what won Willock his move to Newcastle, scoring eight goals during his loan spell. However, they haven’t flowed quite as frequently since becoming a permanent Magpie.

He has had plenty of chances this season, but had been struggling to find the net. Luckily, the rest of his game has been so good that it hasn’t mattered.

But now he has got two goals in two games, and has added the missing ingredient to his game. It was the only thing missing, and takes him to another level as Howe says.

There is no arguments from us that he was Newcastle’s man of the match against Chelsea. The former Arsenal man was extraordinary, and deserved his goal.

Willock can be a streaky player when it comes to goals, so let’s hope he can pick up where he left off when domestic football resumes in December.

In the words of Willock, come on you Maggies!