Tim Krul could have his hands full to stay as the Newcastle United number one goalkeeper, but that challenge may not come from new signing Karl Darlow – but from 18 year-old Freddie Woodman, who is on loan at Crawley Town for six months, and the youngster made his debt for them on Wednesday night against non-league team Nuneaton.
Freddie Woodman – in action for Crawley Town
Woodman put in a confident performance in the game and kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 away win.
Freddie seemed pleased with things as he tweeted this after the game:
Delighted to have signed for @crawleytown on loan. Good 3-0 win tonight good start ! Can’t wait to get started in the league. Not long now !
— Freddie Woodman (@41Woodman41) July 29, 2015
Crawley Town manager Mark Yates was also pleased with Freddie:
“What Freddie did he did he did well. You can see he is a confident young man, I have been after him all summer and I’ve got him! There were one or two others after him, but we like him.¨
“I would like to thank Lee Charnley and everyone at Newcastle for allowing it to make it happen.¨
“The kid’s a great keeper and has got a tremendous future. The only way he’s going to get a start is in his first loan spell.”
Newcastle will still have three experienced goalkeepers at the club this season n Krul, Darlow and Elliot so if the top two goalkeepers – assumed to be Krul and Darlow – are injured like they were last season, we are covered.
We are assuming Rob Elliot will stay at Newcastle, and if he is sent out on loan, it should be with the proviso that Newcastle can recall him in the event that Tim Krul and Karl Darlow are both injured.
One of the many errors made last season by the club was not to have three experienced goalkeepers in the squad, and young Jak Alnwick had to play for eight games.
Freddie will be on loan until January, but if all goes well he could possibly stay at Crawley, just south of London, for the whole season.
Then next summer the England U19 goalkeeper could be challenging for the number one jersey at Newcastle – he’s already that good, as we saw with his accomplished performances in America.