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Newcastle Youngster Likely To Get Huge Opportunity

2:26 pm, Sunday, November 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

Steve McClaren talked on nufcTV immediately after the game yesterday and was asked about the status of goalkeeper Rob Elliot who made two excellent saves for us yesterday.

Rob had a thigh problem but was given a fitness test before the game and he told McClaren he could play and he did well – until thigh went mid-way through the second half.

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Freddie Woodman – could make debut this Saturday

There was some talk of a shoulder problem after the game, but McClaren didn’t mention that – so we assume it’s the thigh that keeps causing him problems.

That’s the one that went last year in the home game against Chelsea when Jak Alnwick had to come in at half-time.

McClaren said he admired the spirit of Rob and complemented the goalkeeper for his willingness to play yesterday.

McClaren was asked whether the thigh problem would be cleared up for next Saturday’s game at Bournemouth and he said it  wouldn’t be.

That’s twice in the last year when Tim  Krul ahs been out injured that Rob’s come in but has been able to play only a few games before he injured that thigh of his.

Newcastle now qualify to bring in a  goalkeeper on an emergency loan deal but we don’t think Steve McClaren will do that.

The head coach was then asked what he will do and whether 18 year-old Freddie Woodman would get a start and this is how Steve answered that question:

“If called upon, we will soon find out.” “You never know until you throw them in, that’s with any player.”

“We said that about Kevin Mbabu and he came in and done the job.” “Freddie might have to.”

“We don’t think Rob will be fit.” “He winced in the middle of the second half.” “It is an ongoing problem.” “We will assess it.”

Freddie is one of our top young up-and-coming players and he is very highly regarded at Newcastle.

If his displays on the American tour are anything to go but we should have no worries but it’s always a risk when you blood a young player.

But Freddie seems to have an excellent temperament and he will have been buoyed by his good displays on loan at Crawley Town earlier this season until he was recalled after Tim picked up his serious knee injury.

Karl Darlow is a week or two away from being fit so maybe the one who is the fitter between Karl or Rob could be on the bench at Bournemouth – just in case Freddie is injured?

We do have a two week International break after next Saturday’s game so Karl and Rob will have a bit of time to get fully fit.

It looks to us like Freddie will be prepared for the game at Bournemouth on Saturday and will start.

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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Bunga Party
    Paradoxically after the slaggings he’s had recently , folk were saying Tow Van shoulda come on NOT SdJ

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Valdes’ countrymen think he’s coming here !!

  • 4 Shadow_Shearer // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    People have to remember, We started off the season experimenting tactics & formations, although that’s what pre season is meant to be for. But the point is, it’s only since the chelsea game we found our feet with our formation. If we found our feet right from the first game of the season, we would be in the top 8 right now guaranteed.

    Some managers gets lucky, they walk into a club who’s philosophy & style is suited to the team & players. McClaren wasn’t that lucky. He walked into a team who couldn’t put half a dozen passes together, no movement, relying on individuals for ideas, & to top it all off a team with rock bottom confidence due to “the best manager in the league” carvers time, & 1 of the toughest fixture list to begin his toon manager career.

    McClaren was never going to be an instant success, but his coaching abilities makes him a good long term appointment. But he needs time, even if we scrape relegation this season I believe it will be worth keeping mcclaren, as every season we will get stronger with him. Unlike Pardew, who is more of a short term success manager. Brings instant results but fades away. The longer you give a good manager, the more he can do. Look at Fergie, wenger.

    I didn’t realise this message was gonna be do long! Hahaha

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    2-2 what a match.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Mackems are going to win this.

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Welsh…I have to say, that is quite a talent you have.

    Can you not put it to good use and become a “whinger” and predict losses for the toon?

    I’m starting to think your positivity towards Newcaslte could be the root of all our problems.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    I seriously give up making score predictions.

    3-2 Eveton

    Ha ha ha

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:48 PM


  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:50 PM


    I will have a go, i reckon Newcastle will lose next weekend 5-0, if we do don’t blame me.

    Ha ha ha

  • 11 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM


  • 12 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    5-2!!! 🙂

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Sunderland all over the place.

  • 14 catchy in norway // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    This is what would have happens last week

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Welsh…Sorry, it’s the risk you take 🙂

    Munster…Jeez. Couldn’t have worked out better. I read earlier that Sam is now saying he will save Sunderland, after just last week saying there were no guarantees. Nothing like a derby victory to get a man ahead of himself.

  • 16 Shadow_Shearer // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Glad to see sunderland getting beat

  • 17 Ron Knee // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Phew! I thought our 18th place was in jeopardy for a moment.

  • 18 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Put that in ur pipe welshie!

  • 19 Ibizatoon // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Ron…I know, got a little scary there for a second…

  • 20 Shadow_Shearer // Nov 1, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Sunderland needs to realise there victory over us was because of there 12 man referee, while newcastle only had 10

  • 21 JamesToon // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Anyone enjoying watching the Everton training session? Don’t know why there’s 11 Sunderland players there.

    Finally Sunderland are put back in their place.

  • 22 catchy in norway // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    you can see the work Sham has put in,, well thats what the pundits said last week.

    the fact the ref forced the win win for them had nothing to do with it.

  • 23 martoon // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    6 – 2: Welshie next week could you predict a win for Bournemouth 🙂

  • 24 Shadow_Shearer // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Looks like fat sam will be sacked in less than 8 months!!

  • 25 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    They are still trying for him though

  • 26 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Jeff I just saw another one of your digs and this time you are floating on air because you think you are the epitome of droll, and why? Because my jocular digs at the so -far ineptitude of nufc management really rattles you – why? And how friendly and you with the bulging slugs that you need to make a personal attack toward me? You are a weasel, and that is no insult, it’s actually a statement of history, sorry but your drawers are flapping in the wind for all to see. I’d leave it with the sarky digs and snidey chips honestly I would if I were you. You’ve been owned more times than can be recalled even by a severe googlist like you, so while your averages are merely low I’d leave that there as your high point

  • 27 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    typical tw@t knows nowt about footy makems 6-2 wum

  • 28 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Ah the restorative power of watching karma unfold (makems subsiding against Everton), and Clattermole picking up an injury into the bargain. Sweet. Amazed at the formation Fat Sam put out. Their 3 defenders couldn’t have been more flat footed and easy to open up. Cheers Sam!

  • 29 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:42 PM Bournemouth to get a bit of a chasing and ship some goals? We might even be outa the bottom three next weekend. Oh the lofty ambitions!

  • 30 Ron Knee // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Don’t be greedy. We’re already 18th!

  • 31 Thump // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    @Shadow_Shearer: Put your money on him being sacked around the 2nd week of March… around the 5th, I reckon. Just in time for a little appointment at St. James’ Park 2 weeks after.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Fat Sham taking a bit of a slagging on Newcastle Radio !

  • 33 Fostino // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    I missed the game. Anyone willing to give an accurate summary. So disappointed with another draw.

    I hope rolando or thauvin emerge to save our season. Maybe cisse might find his scoring boots or riverie mighy br martial on disguise. Maybe de jong turns into cabaye these are some possible permatations

  • 34 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Watched the game last night and was impressed with how we played

    Paul Merson made a comment about us playing Sunderland in that we dictated the game even down to 10 and we totally done the same thing to Stoke they were so jammy not to get spanked 3 or 4 nil

    The lack of clinical finishing is whats killing us at the moment

    Also slagged him off for ages but Tiote played really well yesterday won lots of tackles

    Thought we lost our way a little when we went to 4231 with De Jong in the no 10

    Wijnaldum and Perez went missing due to position changes

  • 35 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    From the makems I take it? Mind, a week’s a long time in footy!

  • 36 martoon // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Jail for Ashley @32 – To be fair when we get beat McClaren takes a hammering especially on here 🙂

  • 37 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Its so frustrating watching the Mackems getting pounded from Everton because we were that far ahead of them until the red card they should have been on the end of a spanking from us as well

    If only Perez and Mitrovic could finish like Cisse or Demba Ba in years to come they will but we need some better finishing in there to provide the finishing touches to the attacking play

  • 38 firebug666 // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    One week 6 in a row, the next week 6 in your net. That’s football! #justsaying #EVESUN ?

    — Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) November 1, 2015

  • 39 will die for the toon army // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Woodman shld get his chance. I know it was pre season but I was more impressed with him compared to Darlow.

  • 40 Roosta // Nov 1, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Another season on the edge, if we survive, job done, well according to the regime, sick of the poxy excuses, we’re back in thick of the crap.

  • 41 will die for the toon army // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Big AL is a funny bloke.

  • 42 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Well, I have to say I enjoyed that immensely. 6-2 and they were lucky.
    Shadow, I’ll tell you exactly when Sham will get the sack – put your house on it – it’ll be two weeks before they come to SJP. It’s become so regular, I doubt you’d get even money though. Beating us is so important to them they do it season in season out now, relying on the honeymoon period to help them through. We’ll be ready though this time, our team will have a scorer by then and i seriously expect us to humiliate them on the scale of the 5-1 thrashing. Just a thought, but if we brought Arma back by then, those balls Everton played are the balls he thrives on. Into space behind the defenders, where his pace and finishing do the rest. Funny situation. I want him back purely for his finishing power which is phenomenal, but I want him to complete his education in lower leagues. If we fail to buy a striker in January, then he has to come back. He’s halfway to the 20 i predicted he’d score by january. No idea why i didn’t bet on that one. 😉

  • 43 Thump // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    @Fostino: We played alright. Stoke kicked off first and Mitrovic immediately took charge, got the ball and ran straight into their final third. A bit sloppy from both sides in the first half. Wijnaldum’s first touch wasn’t the best and a lot of the turnovers in posession came from him kicking the ball 5 yards into space ahead of him and trying to run after it. In the 2nd half we started trying to play a little less direct and started passing around the area, Stoke came close to scoring a few times but I don’t think there were ever any real close cut chances, with most going straight down Elliot’s throat.

    That said, it was Newcastle United vs. Jack Butland for the most part. Kid was unplayable yesterday.

    Mitrovic showed a bit of his red mist as well, with both CBs (and then he had a bit of a flop which he was rightly booked for).

  • 44 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Back to the next game for now – suss out Bournemouth’s weaknesses.

  • 45 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    If that’s a dig, do me a favour and piss off there’s a good girl.

  • 46 Fostino // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Thanks thump.

    Considering we were the home team. A big disappointment.

  • 47 will die for the toon army // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    We have been crap for a long time and we were lying to ourselves if we hoped to change all this in one season.
    But there is hope:
    1. We got a new Football board with Ashely leaving everything to Lee.
    2. New Coaching stuff.
    3. 50m spent with no best players sold.
    4. We r attacking again beautiful soccer.

    Guys Mcca is a slow starter we shld b patient. Jst hope we will b a Super power again.

  • 48 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Juno about weaknesses but I’m looking forward to seeing Mitro slug it out with Distin

  • 49 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Juno?? Autocorrect thingy honest

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Ashley leaving everything to Lee ??? Why does that leaving me feeling a lot things with hope not being anywhere near the list !

  • 51 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Have to agree with Bobbybee on this one no later than 2 nd week in February for Hippoheed to turn things around in the den of dirt. Gives them about a fortnight to get a new manager bedded in fir a practise match then us . The mackem boom bust cycle has changed somewhat in that they have been winning derbies but I fear this could all come clattering down on them in March. By then I hope and…nay…expect us to be a settled side with a few confident wins under our belt.

  • 52 Ravostag // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Living in Nottingham amidst trickey tree supporters the general opinion was that Darlow was nothing special so Woodman might just be the better option and he has a few league games under his belt from Crawley, Div 2 is not an easy baptism

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