We thought that Steve McClaren was ready to give 18 year-old Freddie Woodman his debut next Saturday at Bournemouth, but after seeing additional comments from the head coach after the 0-0 draw against Stoke City at home yesterday – maybe not.
Indeed, Rob Elliot was a fitness doubt for yesterday´s game but kept a clean sheet – but it seems McClaren expected him to come off at some stage yesterday with a thigh injury he´s been carrying for some time, along with a reported shoulder problem.
Freddie Woodman – will he make his debut on Saturday?
This is some more of what Steve said after the game yesterday about a possible emergency loan for a goalkeeper – which is now being reported:
“We will have to investigate it, because if we fear the worst with Rob and we have only got one keeper.” “We will look at that. It’s a bad situation to be in.”
“Freddie is 18-years-old, and this is a big league.” “It’s the unknown. He has certainly got ability and talent, and he’s a keeper for the future. We very nearly had to play him.”
“We expected Rob to come off at one stage – he was wincing at one point – and I feared the worst. We’ll have to assess it.”
“You need a top keeper, which is what I said a few weeks ago after Tim Krul got injured and Jack Butland’s performance for Stoke reiterates what I said about goalkeepers.”
“They win you points, and without his performance we would have come away with three points today.”
“Goalkeepers are very important for you, and Robbie made a very good save at the end so it is an important position.”
Most reports think we will go after former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who is frozen out at Manchester United, but we wonder if they will.
Anyway, we shouldn´t have to wait too long and Newcastle will have to make their move soon – like tomorrow – if we are to bring in a goalkeeper.
That´s because if we are to sign a goalkeeper on loan for the game at Bournemouth, he will need to get a full week´s training in – we play in the early game on Saturday at Bournemouth.
Bournemouth were beaten 2-0 today at Southampton and are one point above Newcastle and they have lost their last four games including successive 5-1 defeats at Manchester City and at home to Tottenham.
Do you think we should sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan?