Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman looked really good in pre-season and he got some playing time especially on the American tour.
At the very least Freddie showed what a good goalkeeper he already is, and the 18 year-old England U19 International could be challenging Tim Krul for the number one spot at Newcastle in a year or two – he looked that good.
Freddie Woodman at Crawley Town on loan
Freddie is on loan for at least six months at Crawley Town where he will be able to experience first team football in League One.
His farther Andy has only just left Newcastle as the goalkeeping coach this week to rejoin Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, and Freddie talks about that and how much he is looking forward to his loan spell down south.
This is what Freddie told BBC Sussex:
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a massive difference and it takes some getting used to,” “I’ll take this experience back with me and say ‘let’s not come back here, let’s play in the Premier League’.”
“But first-team football is where everything happens. The best thing for me was to come on loan and I’m grateful Crawley have taken me.”
“We (Freddie and his father Andy) had a good time at Newcastle, working together every day for four years, and I really improved no end,” “I really thank him for what he did for me.”
“I’ve learned from him my whole life.” “I’m focused and ready for the season. I really want to enjoy the experience,” “I used to watch my dad play at Oxford when I was a little kid so it’s going to be a great experience.”
It’s on loan where Newcastle youngsters either make it or not – so it’s an important six months for Freddie, but we expect him to do well.
Whether he returns to Newcastle in January remains to be seen, but if everything is going well at Newcastle with Tim Krul and Karl Darlow expected to be the number one and number two goalkeeper, Freddie could even remain on loan at Crawley Town for the whole season.
That would be great experience for the teenager.