Joe Willock scored against Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, earning Newcastle United a vital point in their fight against relegation.

Newcastle United's Joe Willock scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle. Picture date: Sunday, April 4, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster
Newcastle United’s Joe Willock scores his side’s second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle. Picture date: Sunday, April 4, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster

For the first time since joining Newcastle United on loan from Arsenal in February, Joe Willock wasn’t named in the starting lineup this weekend. This was particularly disappointing for him, given his side were facing Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

But the young midfielder stayed patient for his opportunity, and when he came on with 11 minutes to go and his team 2-1 down, he made sure to take his chance. Within a few minutes, Newcastle were level through a well-taken Willock goal.

After the game, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admitted Willock hadn’t been too pleased to miss out on the starting lineup, but he responded in the right way.

“I’m delighted for him,” Bruce said. “He wasn’t happy when he wasn’t in the starting line-up. However, he’s come on and got us the goal so I’m delighted he’s got one against Tottenham which will please him.”

Willock himself then spoke to the media and admitted it added something extra for him to get a goal against Spurs.

“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,” Willock told Sky.

It wasn’t Willock’s first goal for Newcastle, as he also scored the opening goal in their 3-2 win over Southampton on his debut. Those two goals alone are the difference between 17th-place Newcastle and the relegation zone right now.

No wonder Newcastle reportedly want Willock back next season, but Arsenal may well want him back too.