Alan Shearer has told the Premier League website that Arsenal loanee Joe Willock was magnificent on his Newcastle United debut, while he also suggested that Miguel Almiron produced his best display yet for the Magpies.
Steve Bruce’s side made it two wins in three as they beat Southampton on Saturday. They edged a five-goal thriller despite ending the game with nine men.
They had to make two changes due to injury in the first-half. The home side then had Jeff Hendrick sent off just after the break. And Fabian Schar had to come off late on after their third substitution had already been made.
Willock was a shining light. He scored the opening goal. But his all-round display almost certainly sent a message to the Gunners following his loan exit.
And Shearer suggested that he was hugely impressed with the 21-year-old as he named him in his Team of the Week.
“Welcome to Newcastle! What a magnificent debut, and one he won’t forget,” he told the Premier League website.
The Newcastle legend went on to also name Almiron in his side. The Paraguay international scored the Magpies’ two other goals, prompting Shearer to make a big claim about his display.
“His best game for Newcastle. Magnificent. Two goals and ran miles for the team when they were down to nine men,” he added.
Almiron – who cost £20 million, according to BBC Sport – has already equalled his tally for goals from last season. And he has done it in 15 fewer appearances.
Willock’s performance meanwhile, has provided an early indication that Arsenal sending him on loan to Newcastle was inspired.