Joe Willock last night appeared on BBC Radio Newcastle, following his permanent transfer to Newcastle United last week.

The midfielder took calls from supporters, many of whom were buzzing to speak to the 21-year-old.

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Joe Willock (Photo by Matthew Childs – Pool/Getty Images)

Many had feared the club would ultimately fail to re-sign him, given the amount of time it was taking to do the deal.

But he’s finally in, and the hope is that he can pick up where he left off at the end of 2020/21.

Willock spoke about a variety of things during his hour-long appearance on radio last night.

Interestingly at one point, he spoke about Steve Bruce.

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Joe Willock (Photo by Newcastle United/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

He said: “He never beats around the bush. He tells you how it is.

“Bruce has great relationships with each and every one of us. He is very advanced in the tactics of modern-day football.”


The comment about Bruce being advanced tactically is particularly interesting, as Callum Wilson recently implied that that isn’t really the case.

He said in an interview with Alan Shearer: “I think Graeme Jones coming in as a coach (in January), definitely complemented the manager because he’s a little bit more tactically aware and up to date, whereas the manager has his different strengths and attributes.”

Willock being kind?

Willock is clearly a big fan of Bruce.

The youngster spoke in glowing terms about the 60-year-old last night.

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Callum Wilson (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

It is interesting to hear he thinks Bruce is tactically advanced, following Wilson’s suggestion.

The majority of Newcastle supporters would probably dispute that claim, but in fairness Willock was unbelievable for the Magpies on loan last term.

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