Considering he just turned 18 in August, Joe Willock’s display during the 4-2 win over BATE Borisov was one of real maturity.
The 18 year old finished the game with 91% pass completion, won 80% of his tackles, had four successful take-ons, and didn’t look in the slightest bit overawed at making his full debut away from home.
If the Europa League is a chance for some young players to showcase their talents, then he can certainly deem his night a successful one, and afterwards he said the packed crowd and the atmosphere didn’t bother him at all.
“To be honest I approach every game the same,” he said. “I go out there and do my best, whether it’s in front of 80,000 or 10,000 I’m not really bothered,
“I just do my best, but yes it was good. It was quite loud but I enjoyed it.”
And as for making his full debut, he continued, “Yes it was good, it was something that I’ve also dreamed of as a child and finally I’ve done it.
“I’m just happy that the boss had faith in me, but yes it was good. I thought I would start from yesterday’s training.
“I was in the set-pieces and today the boss confirmed it to me and he said just go out there and do your thing.
“I wasn’t really nervous, but yes it was good.”
We don’t know about you, and we could be jumping the gun a little here, but we reckon he thinks it was good.