Willock wins May's EA SPORTS Player of the Month award

30 May 2021

Midfielder picks up monthly prize after finishing loan spell at Newcastle with seven-match scoring streak

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Joe Willock's fantastic end to the season for Newcastle United has been recognised with May's EA SPORTS Player of the Month award.

Willock, who arrived on loan from Arsenal in the January transfer window, scored in each of Newcastle's final four matches in May.

Having also been prolific in April, he became only the second Newcastle player after Alan Shearer to score in seven successive Premier League appearances. 

Willock is the first Newcastle player to claim the monthly prize since goalkeeper Tim Krul in November 2013.

The 21-year-old began May with a goal in the impressive 4-2 victory at Leicester City before finding the net again as Newcastle ran champions Manchester City close, narrowing losing 4-3.

In the final week of the season he scored the decisive goal in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United before matching Shearer's record with a strike in the 2-0 success at Fulham.

Willock topped an eight-man shortlist that also included Gareth Bale, Alisson Becker, Christian Benteke, Sadio Mane, Nicolas Pepe, Aaron Ramsdale and Rodrigo.

2020/21 EA SPORTS award winners

September: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)
October: Son Heung-min (TOT)
November: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
December: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
January: Ilkay Gundogan (MCI)
February: Ilkay Gundogan (MCI)
March: Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI)
April: Jesse Lingard (WHU)
May: Joe Willock (NEW)

Also in this series

Part 2: Klopp named May's Barclays Manager of the Month
Part 3: Cavani wonder strike voted Budweiser Goal of the Month

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