Joe Willock wins Premier League player of the month award

The 21-year-old, who joined the Magpies on loan from Arsenal in January, had a fantastic month at St. James’ Park, scoring his seventh goal in seven league games with his final-day stunner at Fulham.

Four of his eight goals since joining the club have come in the last month of the season, with goals against Leicester City, Manchester City, and Sheffield United rounding out his tally.

He is the first Newcastle player to receive the accolade since goalkeeper Tim Krul in November 2013.

He faced stiff competition for the honour. Willock won the award through a public poll, defeating Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Sadio Mane, Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, and Leeds United’s Rodrigo. However, the youngster’s outstanding goal-scoring form and contribution for Newcastle has earned him the award.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to keep him at the Emirates next season, while Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has stated his desire to bring him back to St James’ Park. The Gunners are likely to demand more than £20 million for his services, though that number may have arisen as a result of his good play.

Newcastle has now won two of the major individual monthly accolades in the final stages of the season, with head coach Bruce also winning the Premier League’s Barclays manager of the month award for April.

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