Joe Willock is the spark that Newcastle fans crave

It’s no secret that Newcastle fans have become, how can we say that, unhappy to their team’s style of play this season.

And to be honest, it’s hard to disagree with them.

Although the Magpies are well outside the relegation zone, there is more to a club like Newcastle than just surviving.

Joelinton, Miguel Almiron, Joe Willock, Allan Saint-Maximin
Joe Willock has teamed up with his teammates brilliantly | Pool / Getty Images

The foundations are there for the club to build on and become one of England’s elite teams, and thereafter “staying in the Premier League” shouldn’t be a goal never whispered in the hall. Newcastle conference.

Nonetheless, whatever their goals for the season, Newcastle should be fun – not ‘fun’ in the sense that their club is reproducing a circus (because they’ve been there for a long time), but fun in the sense that they are entertaining. and they give the fans something to look forward to.

Steve Bruce’s abject football has become tedious to watch at times this season, and the root cause of this style is the midfielder. A lot of money has been spent on forwards and widemen in previous transfer windows, but if Jeff Hendrick is the man supplying said players, it just won’t work.

The arrival of Joe Willock on loan from Arsenal in the January transfer window certainly seemed like a step in the right direction, but with very little Premier League football under his belt this season, it seemed like a tall order for him. go straight to the The magpies start from the XI and essentially rejuvenate the club.

Steve Bruce, Joe Willock
Joe Willock is congratulated by Steve Bruce | Stu Forster / Getty Images

He did all of that and more against Southampton on Saturday.

At just 21, the youngster slipped into Newcastle midfielder as if he had played there his whole life, adding a dynamism, tempo and enthusiasm that has not been seen in a squad of Magpies for many years.

His bonding game with Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin proved essential in unlocking the Southampton backline, and it was no accident that in his first appearance for the club, Newcastle scored three goals in Premier League for the second time this season.

His ability to distribute and carry the ball added a dimension to Newcastle’s game that has been sorely lacking of late, and would no doubt have had the opportunity to give the 52,000 fans in attendance a chance.

The youngster capped his display with a goal, showing the desire to stay behind the attack before arriving late in the box and coldly mark the retreat of Saint-Maximin.

All in all, this was such a comprehensive display of a player wearing black and white stripes that Newcastle fans will have seen in a long time, and to say it came from a 21-year-old during the of his first game for the club. is quite something.

As time goes on to find his feet on Tyneside, it’s unclear just how much Willock can improve Newcastle, but his debut has certainly given the Toon Army something exciting.