Newcastle United have largely struggled to score goals in the Premier League since their return to the competition in 2017.

It has been especially rare for goals to come from the team’s midfield.

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Joe Willock (Photo by David Klein – Pool/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and the Longstaff brothers don’t really chip in, and it’s left to forward players such as Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron to make things happen.

Perhaps that might not be the case for much longer though, as Joe Willock is proving he definitely has an eye for goal.

The star’s goal against Liverpool yesterday was his third in three games coming off the bench as a substitute.

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Gini Wijnaldum (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

He now has four since joining the club on loan from Arsenal, and watching him play, seeing those positions he takes up, one can’t help but think he has the potential to become another Gini Wijnaldum-type player for the Toon.

The 21-year-old is very reminiscent of the Dutch star, who was also a box-to-box player during his one season at St. James’ Park.

 

Newcastle have been crying out for someone like Wijnaldum since his departure in 2016 – and they may now have that individual in their grasp.

Willock signing has become paramount

What Willock brings to the table is different from all the other midfielders.

He clearly is someone that makes things happen, and takes up tremendous positions just like Wijnaldum before him.

His contributions have actually led to Newcastle taking eight points – without Willock’s goals, the team would be just one point above Fulham.

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

Obviously he’s only on loan from Arsenal right now, but Newcastle need to be thinking about turning the move permanent by whatever means necessary.

The Gunners could end up making things difficult, but the Magpies have to try as the player is undoubtedly someone who brings invaluable qualities to the side.

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