Willock topped a memorable debut with his very first goal for Newcastle versus Southampton last weekend

Joe Willock confessed was ‘like a weight lifted’ off his shoulders after Newcastle held on for a 3-2 win over Southampton.

The Magpies were minimized to nine men at St James’ Park last weekend but hung on to secure a vital three points.

It capped an unforgettable launching for Willock who scored the fastest ever Premier League objective as a debutant for United when he crashed house Allan Saint-Maximin’s cut-back in the 16th minute.

The England under-21 worldwide’s energy from midfield, going towards both boxes, was very impressive. He also backed up the claims of both Steve Bruce and Isaac Hayden prior to the match that he would be the answer to Newcastle’s goalscoring problems from midfield.

And Willock, who signed up with Newcastle on a loan deal from Arsenal until completion of the season last week, has thanked Bruce for giving him the ‘liberty’ to reveal himself and now feels he has set a ‘excellent foundation’ to kick on between now and the end of the season.

” It was like a weight took off my shoulders when the (final) whistle went,” Willock informed Sky Sports News.

” It’s a beginning point for me to push on, I wished to set a good structure and I was so delighted when he blew the whistle and I have actually set that foundation. Now I wish to push on and ideally build on it.

” When I scored, it was a brilliant feeling. I want the fans were there for me to do a knee slide and run in front of the crowd however I could not do it so I celebrated with the team.

” I’m here to assist the team in any which method they desire me to. When I was available in, I wanted to help the team have that bit of rate in midfield, travel from one box to the other quicker and get it to the front men faster, and arrive in package and score objectives like I did, so I feel I can add that to the group and hopefully it continues.

” He (Steve Bruce) stated to me, ‘I understand that’s your quality, I know that’s what you love to do, I provide you the flexibility to go, and do not worry, there are gamers behind you that can back you up.'”.

Willock has actually been welcomed into the Newcastle dressing space and states he feels ‘at peace’ on Tyneside.

He has actually been on the periphery of the Arsenal first string for the last three seasons and while he impressed in the Europa League this season for the Gunners, Premier League chances weren’t as upcoming.

There has been talk that Willock might remain at Newcastle beyond this season, ought to he continue to impress, but he says the time for a choice over his long term future has actually not gotten here yet.

” When I chose to come here I had a sense of peace, I didn’t ever seem like it was going to be the incorrect one (decision). When I came here, everybody was so welcoming,” he included.

” My very first day everybody was speaking to me, I was speaking to the supervisor, that was when I knew it was the best decision and to score on my debut and to get three points is an even larger plus.

” I’m trying to concentrate on what I need to do now, focus on Newcastle United. I’m not actually looking at Arsenal at the moment.

” I’m here to prove to Newcastle United that I can play each week and affect the video games and win video games for them. I’m not actually looking at Arsenal, when that time comes for me to decide to go back or not that will come but today, I’m concentrated on Newcastle and I’m loving every minute that I’m here.”.