19 year-old Freddie Woodman seems to now see a clear path forward for himself at Newcastle, but he admits he has to go out on loan from Newcastle to get first team games.
Freddie is highly thought of at both Newcastle and in the England Youth ranks, where he made his debut for the England U-21 side in last week’s 1-0 win over Kazakhstan in Aktobe.
The 19 year-old also signed a new four year deal at Newcastle in early August, after there was some uncertainty whether he would be leaving Newcastle in the summer – maybe for Crystal Palace where his father Andy is now the goalkeeping coach.
Freddie Woodman after signing four year deal in early August
Freddie was able to keep a clean sheet in the European qualifier and was delighted after the game and had this to say:
“It was a fantastic night for me – it’s what I’ve wanted since I started my first game for the U-16s,”
“So it’s a great moment and to play in front of the back four that I did. I was privileged.”
“I didn’t have a lot to do, but it was good to play in front of those sort of players.”
But Freddie seems upbeat now on what he needs to do at Newcastle to further his career and he has been talking about what his situation is and what he needs to do:
“I know my situation now,” “It’s a case of me preparing myself and getting as much game time as I can.”
“Come January, hopefully I can go out on loan and get some games under my belt.”
“You never know what could happen. I’m ready if Matz or Karl have a problem.” “I’ve been ready for the past two seasons.”
“I’m playing U-23 games and keeping match fit.” “I’m training with the first team.” “Like I’ve always said, it’s a case of keeping improving and waiting for my chance.”
“I wasn’t sure what was happening with my future, but I’ve committed to Newcastle now.”
“I can see a plan and progress. I’ve just got to keep working hard. “There are keepers who have come all the way through.”
“I wanted to take that path.”
It seems that Freddie has had a talk with Rafa Benitez about his future and what he needs to do at Newcastle.
Freddie has played only 12 first team games, when he was on loan at Crawley Town a year ago, but he was recalled because of Tim Krul’s serious injury in October of last year.
And he was unable to go out on loan this season so far, because Rob Elliot was also injured, so he has been the third goalkeeper on standby unless either of the two fit goalkeepers picked up an injury.
But with Rob Elliot having returned to training this week, Freddie will be able to go out on loan in January and get first team games under his belt.
And then in the summer Tim Krul will return to the fold and Rafa will need to make a decision on who between Tim, Karl Darlow, Matz Sels and Rob Elliot he will sell – and it looks like that could be Tim Krul.
Next season Freddie should be able to have a full season at a club on loan – probably in the Championship.
Freddie now knows what’s going on at Newcastle and he seems pleased with the outlook for the future.