Joe Willock provided a brilliant performance for Newcastle United on Friday night, as the side ran out 4-2 winners against Leicester City in the Premier League.
Willock has been a sensation ever since arriving from Arsenal on a deal that’ll see him at St James’ Park for the rest of the season at least. In that time, he has scored crucial goals and saved Newcastle’s neck on more than one occasion.
Known for his last-gasp strikes when coming on as a substitute, Willock has become a fan favourite.
In fact, such is his popularity, many are hoping that he be signed permanently at the club.
Although Willock is known for his substitute appearances, he was able to make a start against the Foxes.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Willock said how he repaid manager Steve Bruce’s faith in him: “I’ve obviously come off the bench a few times and I’ve scored.
“I was knocking on the door. I told the manager I needed to start and he believed in me to put me in from the start and hopefully, I repaid him.”
Willock’s opening goal for Newcastle was symbolic of his whole tenure at the club. He was able to rob the defender and cooly bury the ball into the net, proving he’s truly a goal-scoring midfielder.
The London-born playmaker spent four seasons at Arsenal but struggled to navigate himself into being a first-team regular. This is despite his impressive numbers for the Gunners. In the 78 games he has featured for the club, he has scored an impressive 11 times.
His recent goals, though they have granted Newcastle survival, have almost definitely added some extra value to any prospective transfer in the future.
Either way, fingers crossed the youngster makes a move to the northeast for an extended period.