If there is one man who knows a thing or two about scoring goals, it is Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.
He is Newcastle’s all-time leading scorer, finding the net 206 times for his boyhood club. Shearer is also the Premier League’s leading scorer, boasting 260 goals in the top flight of English football.
Shearer is a Toon icon, and someone who has been willing to pass on pearls of wisdom to some of Eddie Howe’s players. Sean Longstaff received some words of encouragement at the start of the year when he was missing big chances, while Alexander Isak has spoke about the good relationship he has with the Match Of The Day pundit.
Now another Newcastle player wants to speak to Shearer, in the hope that it can lead to him finding the net more regularly.
Joe Willock wants shooting advice from Alan Shearer
Joe Willock has spoke to the Telegraph, and admitted that he needs to score more goals for the Magpies.
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“I know I need to score more goals, that’s the thing that hasn’t happened this season and it is annoying,” he said.
“I’ve been getting into the positions to score and not taking the chances.
“Maybe I need to speak to Alan (Shearer) and get some advice. I’ve looked at my stats and if I’d taken those chances I would be up there with the leading midfield players in Europe. But I’ve not taken them.
“I know what Alan will say – hit the ball hard – but I think I’ve been hitting it too hard.”
More goals will take Willock’s Newcastle career to the next level
Goals are the only thing that is missing from Willock’s game right now, which is ironic considering it was finding the net that won him a permanent move to Tyneside.
When he was on loan at St James’ Park, the midfielder scored eight goals in 14 games. It was a remarkable tally, but one that he has failed to replicate.
In his first full season as a permanent Newcastle player, Willock scored two goals. He has only done slightly better this time, finding the net three times.
However, the 23-year-old has missed some big chances this season. He has been denied by some wonderous saves, while there have been occasions when he has blazed sitters high and wide.
Willock is getting in the right positions, but just isn’t taking his chances like he did when he was on loan in the North East.
Becoming a consistent scorer is what will take Willock to an even higher level, so hopefully he can get a helping hand from Shearer. It is something that will benefit Newcastle, so surely he will be happy to help!