Willock initially arrived at St. James’ Park in January on a six-month loan deal from Arsenal and had a superb spell under then boss Steve Bruce.

 

The Magpies swooped to snap up the 22-year-old on a permanent deal in the summer and he has started five of six Premier League games they have played under Bruce’s successor Howe.

 

 

Willock, who is enjoying playing under Howe, is ready to give his all for his new boss and has revealed he has greatly increased the intensity in training compared to previous managers.

 

“The manager has been nothing short of amazing”, Willock told The Athletic.

 

 

“He has such a way of relating to the players and he commands respect.

 

“We’re all ready to run through brick walls for him.

 

 

“He’s changed the intensity in training tons — it’s like night and day.

 

“We’re all buying into what he’s trying to do.

 

“We’re playing so much more positively and more on the front foot.”

 

Willock added the high-pressing style that Howe is looking to implement at the Tyneside giants perfectly fits him as he is not a player that wants to sit back and only help out the backline.

 

“He’s told me how I can thrive in his style.

 

“I’m not a player who wants to sit back and protect the back line.

 

“I want to press and win the ball high.

 

“That’s what the manager wants and it’s the perfect fit.

 

“He’s instilled such confidence in me.”

 

Following a loan spell in Newcastle colours in which he regularly found the back of the net in the top flight, Willock is yet to open his account this season and fans will be hoping he will get back to supplying goals from midfield soon.