Joe Willock scored twice in a 4-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday, continuing his remarkable goalscoring form in the current campaign.
Willock’s goals in the u23 North London derby put him on 11 in 16 appearances for the season. Three of those goals were for the first-team, five for the u23s and three in the EFL Trophy against League One and League Two senior teams.
Technically, the youngster has scored 12, given he also bagged himself a goal against West Ham in the u23 match on the 4th February. However, that game was abandoned at half-time over the weather conditions, and it’s not clear yet whether it will be replayed from the start or not.
Here’s Willock’s second goal from Friday’s match, a confident finish in off the post:
🏴 @JoeWillock is on fire this season 🔥
1️⃣1️⃣ goals pic.twitter.com/FynEGDFCXk
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) February 15, 2019
The 19-year-old has shown a massive improvement in front of goal this season, after only scoring once in the 2017/18 campaign.
That’s partly down to the fact Willock’s playing a slightly more advanced role, but he also just seems to have a much better sense of where he needs to be to make chances for himself. Then, when he gets those opportunities, he’s finishing them consistently.
The first team could really use a midfielder who regularly gets amongst the goals. Aaron Ramsey has been that player in the past, but as he’s moving on this summer, Unai Emery might want to look at an internal solution to his departure.
As well as goalscoring, Willock also works hard for the team defensively. Nobody has made more tackles than the England youngster in any of his three first-team starts this season. That’s got to go down with Emery as well, who seems to value that sort of work rate highly.
We’ll see if Willock has earned himself any more game time between now and the end of the season.