Newcastle’s lone winter signing, Joe Willock, started his Newcastle career with a bang. The Arsenal loanee opened his account 16 minutes into this debut in the hectic 3-2 win against Southampton in early February.
Willock made a late run into the box and blasted a pass from Allan Saint-Maximin into the net to give Newcastle the early lead. That was only the opening act in a crazy game which Newcastle ended up winning despite going down to nine men in the second half.
That match has proven a consequential one for the Magpies. Not only is it our last win, but in the first half, Callum Wilson suffered his hamstring injury from which he is yet to return.
Newcastle have been hanging on ever since as our position in the league has since come under serious threat. We sit just two points above 18th-placed Fulham, though with a game in hand.
It’s hardly been a smooth ride for the club since the 21-year-old’s arrival. His embattled head coach has been involved in a row with a player amidst increasing calls for him to be replaced.
Willock’s also not been able to play in front of 50,000 screaming Geordies as matches are still played behind closed doors. However, none of this has negatively impacted the young midfielder.
He’s still loving it at Newcastle and has even claimed that he is open to staying beyond this year. This is what Willock said when asked about his loan spell at Newcastle as published in The Sun:
“I love playing for Newcastle.
“When I first came here, I was a bit apprehensive of how I would take to it because I’d never left Arsenal.
“I’d been at Arsenal since I was four and a half, so coming to a new club, coming up north to Newcastle was a bit scary.
“But as I came here and settled in and saw the love from the fans that I’m receiving, of course, I’d love to continue playing here.”