Joe Willock has established himself as a key cog in Steve Bruce’s midfield, brought much-needed element of forward-thinking and drive to the Magpies’ ranks in the middle of the park since arrived in January.
The Hale End academy product actually managed an impressive 6 direct goal contributions across 5 Europa League group stage outings, but not been able to establish himself as a regular in the North London club’s first team.
The highly-rated playmaker left the London club and joined Newcastle United for regular first-team football, and been the Magpies’ best player since his arrival at St James’ Park.
Willock, 21, started seven consecutive Premier League matches before dropped to the bench in Newcastle 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at weekend.
The highly-rated playmaker, reminded Steve Bruce what he is capable of, as he score a vital goal against Spurs.
With visitor leading 2-1 after a quick-fire Harry Kane brace had cancelled out a rare goal from Joelinton, Newcastle needed a goal and It was Willock, who netted a close-range finish.
Joe Willock on his goal vs. Tottenham: “I’m an Arsenal player so it does make it a bit sweeter but I’m happy to come here & do my job – [to] come on the pitch & make an impact like the manager told me to do.” [Sky] #afc pic.twitter.com/qNMiWXUQfP— afcstuff (@afcstuff) April 4, 2021
And since arrival at St James’Park, Joe has established himself as a key cog in Steve Bruce’s midfield, added a much-needed element of forward-thinking and drive to the Magpies’ ranks in the middle of the park, as evidenced by a debut goal versus Southampton last month.
The starlet, whilst still undoubtedly raw, has looked a considerably more well-rounded midfielder of late, neat and tidy in possession, dangerous in gliding past opposing defenders, and determined on the defensive side of the ball.
Such attributes were on full display from Hale End academy product Willock, who his second goal for the Magpies was close-range finish against Spur last weekend.