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Latest Saudi friendly confirmed, big Willock interview, reaction to Toffees triumph

Matt · Thursday 20th October 2022
Latest Saudi friendly confirmed, big Willock interview, reaction to Toffees triumph

THURSDAY'S ROUND-UP

United to face Al-Hilal

  • Saudi club confirmed in a tweet this evening that they will face Eddie Howe's team during the World Cup break
  • Fixture will be the second time United have had a kickabout in the PIF home nation
  • Newcastle beat Al-Ittihad 2-1 last season, with goals from Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser
  • The match was marred by an ugly encounter between Cieran Clark and one of the home players, with the former dismissed before making a sheepish apology post-game
  • Al-Hilal are currently fourth in the Saudi Pro-League, four games in
  • The side tend to attract around 13,000 to their home games

Big Joe Willock interview

  • Willock gave an in-depth interview for last night's match programme
  • You can read the full piece on the club's website
  • Some highlights:
"I didn't consider moving up here on my own, living on my own, not being able to see my friends when I want to, being out of touch with my family... I was a bit down... now I feel much happier."
"I'm enjoying working with the manager, I'm enjoying learning every day."
"For me to confide in a manager is a big thing... the gaffer's built that trust with the players by being so humble. He's never put himself above anyone. I feel like that builds a lot of trust. You can go to him and speak to him."
"I feel like a lot of teams come to St. James' and now have that fear in them. That's amazing for us."
  • A reminder of what Willock looks like when he's scoring goals. Fingers crossed he finds his shooting boots soon:

New goalie coach

  • Dominic Scurr reports that Newcastle are set to appoint former Bournemouth coach Shwan Jalal in a goalkeeper coaching role
  • He is currently head of goalkeeping at League Two side Stockport County

Post-Everton content

Journos

Stat attack

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Match vlogs

Featuring Bruno's dad...

What else?