Joe Willock’s hugely successful loan spell with Newcastle United concluded in typically impressive fashion on Sunday as he matched an Alan Shearer record.
The midfielder signed from Arsenal in January until the end of the season and has enjoyed an outstanding run of form.
Willock had scored only once in 40 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, but struck 16 minutes into his Newcastle debut against Southampton.
The loan man saved his best performances for the run-in, though, netting in consecutive appearances against Tottenham, West Ham, Liverpool, Leicester City, Manchester City and Sheffield United.
The goal against the Blades, securing a 1-0 win on Wednesday, made Willock the youngest player ever to score in six in a row in the competition.
And that run continued on Sunday against Fulham, as Willock’s powerful run from deep on the right was only briefly disrupted on the edge of the area before he steered a low shot into the net.
7 – Joe Willock is only the second Newcastle player to score in seven consecutive Premier League appearances, after Alan Shearer in 1996. Incredible.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 23, 2021
Shearer, the Premier League’s record goalscorer, is the only player to previously net in seven straight appearances in the competition for Newcastle. He did so between September and November 1996, shortly after his £15million world-record move from Blackburn Rovers.
Shearer responded to the latest goal in Willock’s streak by posting on Twitter: “Yesssssss @Joewillock again. 7 on the spin.”
Willock, who now has eight goals in 14 games for Newcastle, is expected to be a target for the Magpies in the transfer window, but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said this week: “He will be back with us, we will have those conversations with him and plan the next step then.”
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