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Newcastle Plan To Shore Up Goalkeeping Position

3:29 pm, Sunday, October 11th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

As expected it looks like Newcastle will have to recall 18 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman from his loan spell at Crawley Town after Tim Krul has picked up what looks like a serious knee injury playing for the Netherlands last night in Kazakhstan in the 2-1 win for the Dutch.

freddie woodman in action at Newport

Freddie Woodman in action for Crawley Town

It’s not good news for Newcastle that Tim could be out for quite a while, but there’s no prognosis on the knee injury as yet.

Second choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow is also out injured with an ankle/foot injury and on he has no predicted return date from the injury.

This will be a huge opportunity for Rob Elliot who could well make the Ireland squad if they qualify for the European 2016 Championships in France next summer.

Ireland play in Poland today in the final group game with both teams tied on 18 points, just one point behind Germany – who Ireland beat 1-0 on Thursday in Dublin for a famous win.

If Ireland don’t finish in the top two they can still qualify via the playoffs with a third-place finish in Group D.

Freddie will be the substitute goalkeeper on Sunday against Norwich City, and the teenager looked very good in preseason and he’s a very capable young goalkeeper who looks to have a great future in the game.

Freddie is on England U19 duty at the moment with Adam Armstrong.

England have won both their qualifying games for the European U19 Championships next summer in Germany, winning 2-0 against host country Macedonia and 1-0 against Finland in Skopje – two clean sheets for Freddie.

But we need to hear exactly what damage Tim has done to his knee and how long he will be out for.

But whenever Rob Elliot has come in he has never let the side down, and only recently he said he wanted to stay on Tyneside and fight for his place – so that’s always good to hear.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Adam Armstrong · Freddie Woodman · Karl Darlow · Newcastle News · Rob Elliot · Tim Krul

40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mag52 // Oct 11, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Elliot will do OK in place of Krul, but if he gets injured…….?

  • 2 solano // Oct 11, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    There’s 50% off housebricks at BnQ

  • 3 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 3:40 PM


    I’ll give you a few facts and a timeline – you draw your own conclusions.

    Recently Werder Bremens director of football revealed the Everton and NUFC had both bid €18 million for Jannik Vestergaard in the Summer which was rejected by the player.

    Meanwhile Stuttgart said on Friday 31st July that a big bid from England for Antonio Rüdiger of €18 million had fallen through because he had sustained meniscus damage in preseason training.

    On Monday 3rd August Pardew denied he had put a bid in for Colo.

    On Thursday 6th August , Colo who had not played all pre-season was offered a contract extension.

  • 4 dazza // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    TBH Krul’s distribution has been shocking this season and seemingly gotten worse over the years. His shot stopping is decent enough but his overall performances have been poor.

    The only problem is that Elliot’s distribution looks even worse and his shot stopping and catching is also sub-par.

    We have such a poor squad it is shocking. Relegation looms.

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    TS…I think we all thought he would be better regardless of style or philosophy!

    …I am not talking about whether we should want possession football at all cost…then you are missing my point entirely.

    I am talking about what you see is what you get and it wasn’t possession football at the deck with movement…but apparently alot of ppl were seeing that…somehow!

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:14 PM


    I agree, not sure what people see. I think they want to see good football so they do.

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    What’s the deal with Darlow? How long is he out injured?

  • 8 geordie157 // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Woodman has been doing well out on loan, bit of a shame if we have to recall him early.

    Not a fan of Elliot, typical that darlow is injured too.

    On the subject of keepers, got a port vale fan at work, was saying that alnwick has done well, ever present so far, also said that streete was getting better.

    Was funny seeing Alan Smith captain for notts county earlier on sky, he had decent game to be fair, ginger Campbell was on the wing, showed glimpses of quality.

  • 9 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    We don’t play until next Sunday ffs
    Calm down
    Plenty of recovery time
    Panicky bunch of girls

  • 10 John Tudor // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    and so says holier than thou jiz

  • 11 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Joan Tudor the biggest girly of them all.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Elliot is pretty poor. Fat tub of lard. Wobblier than a Chivers jelly. Not exactly the type to instill confidence.

  • 13 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    This is Elliot training lat Benton last week.
    Looks in decent shape to be fair

  • 14 Bambams // Oct 11, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Thanks for that fella.
    Been out so left the blog for a while.
    Interesting facts. Time will tell

  • 15 Ron Knee // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Crap Serbian defence. Nitro must feel at home at NUFC.

  • 16 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Have Serbia already qualified ?
    Partizan stadium is very quiet.

  • 17 cyprus // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    So managers’ wives read the team blogs?!

    Ok. Stevie’s wife, please tell that husband of yours: do not play for draws, they can turn to losses easily and anyway they just give you a point; high pressure, all over the field; never play you know who and always play Perez.

    Back with more soon.

  • 18 John Tudor // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    google it numpt

  • 19 cyprus // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    did you remember to thank me for the Cyprus win and your subsequent qualification?

  • 20 Tinman // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Would honestly rather have Freddie on than Fat Rob

  • 21 cyprus // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    yes his distribution is poor but goalies are essentially shot stoppers. If he does that well enough I’m happy. This distribution thing is a bonus, it can be done by the rest.

  • 22 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Still cannot believe Cyprus beat Israel !
    Money changed hands methinks 😎

  • 23 cyprus // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Actually have you watched Cyprus? 🙂 They were better than Wales and gave a Belgium a game. In both games lost in the final few minutes.

  • 24 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Sexton and O’Donnell bad injuries first half.
    That could be Irelands world cup over ! 🙁

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    At the end of the day ladies Wales have qualified for the euros.

  • 26 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Pambos Christodoulou
    The cyprus fans call him Pambourinho

    Ha ha ha

  • 27 John Tudor // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    and coming home early girly

  • 28 Crow59 // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Tadic is some boy, if I were fat boy I’d splash the cash on him or someone similar. Quick, creative and can bang them in.

  • 29 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Did Coleman have a run in with the Bosnia – Herzogovina coaches ?
    He had a face on him at the final whistle and wouldn’t shake hands.

  • 30 cyprus // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:48 PM


  • 31 welshgeordie9 // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:49 PM


    Didn’t see anything mate.

  • 32 welshgeordie9 // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:52 PM


    Forgot to add, still in the World Cup.

    Never mind

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Oct 11, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Will that be the same World Cup that you last appeared 1958 or a different one ?

  • 34 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    You watching the Irish at the Millenium ?
    Did you hear that rendering of “the fields of athenry” – deafening it defo rattled the French team.

  • 35 Jib // Oct 11, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Go back to mending the toilets.
    We are talking Rugby – a man’s game – no good for you .

  • 36 Ron Knee // Oct 11, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Yellow card for Nitro.

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Oct 11, 2015 at 6:13 PM


    Yeah I’m watching the Ireland match, very good match.

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Oct 11, 2015 at 6:15 PM


    You know nothing about football, so i wouldn’t exactly talk about rugby if i was you.

  • 39 chicousa // Oct 11, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Krul hurt, so its “next man up”. Time for Elliot to show of what kind of material he is made. Darlow listed on physioroom as having an ankle/foot injury with no return date estimate. Young Freddy Woodman will do well if / when he is called upon.

  • 40 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 11, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Ireland were brilliant along with the fans.
    TOON players should watch today’s game
    and show the same commitment and passion to NUFC as the Irish did
    The Scots yesterday at SJP

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