England U-19 International goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is a terrific young goalkeeper and he started the season on loan at Crawley Town and was playing well and getting some valuable first team experience.
But then Tim Krul was injured in October playing for the Netherlands and Freddie was recalled from his loan move.
Then when Rob was also injured in late March, also playing for his country, Freddie managed to get on the bench for the last eight games of the season as Karl Darlow came in and performed admirably in the Newcastle goal.
Freddie Woodman – while on loan at Crawley Town
Freddie is currently fourth-choice goalkeeper behind Krul, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot – but he’s still young of course and it will be important he gets first team games this season on loan.
This is what the youngster has said today about what happened last season:
“It’s a difficult time for the club and a difficult time for myself.”
“I haven’t got as much game-time as I’d have liked this season, and it’s something I’ll have to look at and see if I can get out on loan.”
“It’s a tough time, but I’m sure the club will bounce back.”
Woodman played really well during his time at Crawley Town for the first two months of last season and played 12 games in total and during pre-season in America last summer he also looked the part in the Newcastle goal.
His contract runs out at the end of this month, and we would expect him to be given a new deal, but from what Freddie says he seems to have no plans to leave Newcastle.
Some big clubs have been reported as being interested in the very promising young England goalkeeper, but we need to keep Freddie at Newcastle.
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is also interested in Tim, but Alan seems to be interested in a lot of Newcastle players – and Freddie’s father Andy is the goalkeeping coach at Palace.
When Tim and Rob are fully fit again it’s going to be interesting to see which of the goalkeepers becomes Newcastle’s number one choice.