There’s news in the Belgium press that a number of Belgium clubs are interested in taking the Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels on loan next month.
Matz has lost his place to goalkeeper Karl Darlow and is currently the back-up goalkeeper, although former number one goalkeeper Rob Elliot is returning from a serious knee injury and will fight it out with Matz for the back-up spot soon.
Matz Sels – not allowed to go on loan
The 24-year-old Belgium goalkeeper has been linked with a move back to his former club Gent in addition to powerhouse Anderlecht, who are reported to be keen on him.
But it’s extremely unlikely that Sels will be allowed to leave Newcastle next month because outstanding England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has bided his time since he was recalled last October from a loan move to Crawley Town, where he made 12 appearances.
Freddie was recalled after Tim Krul was seriously injured playing for the Netherlands.
Freddie has been the number three goalkeeper at Newcastle and has missed out on first team football for over a year now and he will definitely be sent out on loan next month, according to Rafa Benitez.
Like most top managers Rafa wants three experienced goalkeepers at Newcastle, so we don’t get ourselves into the mess of late 2014, when we had to bring in untested young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick when both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were injured.
Rafa will probably give the second choice goalkeeper a run-out in the FA Cup tie at Birmingham on January 7th so it’s likely that Sels will get a chance to shine in that game.
There’s an outside chance that Rob Elliot will play in that game.