Willock played a key role in helping the Magpies move away from the drop zone in the latter half of last Premier League campaign as he went on a seven-game scoring run.

 

Newcastle wanted to sign the midfielder ahead of the current campaign and finally managed to seal a deal for him from Arsenal in mid-August for a fee in the £27m range.

 

 

Willock has revealed that Magpies team-mate Saint-Maximin helped him to make his mind up that a permanent move to Tyneside was the right step to take in his budding career.

 

The midfielder added that he has struck up a good relationship with Saint-Maximin, who also helped him to settle in at St James’ Park.

 

 

“We [me and Saint-Maximin] have a really good relationship”, Willock told The Athletic.

 

“We speak every day and I really appreciate him.

 

 

“He helped me settle in and helped convince me to come back.

 

“He’s a funny guy, my boy.

 

“But he’s also ridiculously talented and it’s playing with players like him that convince me that this club will only rise.”

 

Newcastle have had a tough start to this season and are currently second from bottom, but fans but are expected to make some signings in January to boost their hopes of survival.