Newcastle’s outstanding England U21 International goalkeeper is currently on loan at Kilmarnock since January and he’s been performing very well for the Scottish Premiership side.
Rafa Benitez knows that Freddie needs first team experience at least next season before he can come back into Newcastle’s first team squad and put in a strong challenge for a first team place,.
And the Daily Record is reporting today the 20 year-old, who has played for all the England Youth sides – U16, U17, U18, U19 ,U20 and U21, would be willing to go on loan to Kilmarnock again next season.
20 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman – doing well on loan at Kilmarnock
This is what Freddie has said in the Daily Record today about his move to Killie this year:
“You get a bit of feedback. Not many people speak to me from the club but Benitez messages me now and again asking how I’m getting on.”
“It’s a case of getting on with your own job. I signed for Kilmarnock and that’s my focus. You buy into this club’s philosophy.”
“I look at Fraser Forster’s situation. He left Newcastle, went to Celtic and now he’s back in the Premier League.”
“He’s a great example. People can get caught up in thinking they are safe at the club but I have to be realistic and be in the present.”
“I’m at Kilmarnock and people ask me all the time if I’m going back but I don’t know. I’m delighted Newcastle are back in the Premier League. The club deserve it.”
“But the manager said I needed experience and he might think I need some more next season because the Premier League is massive and you need to be some keeper to play in that league.”
“It’s been a successful move for me. I came here to play games and learn while gaining experience and felt I’ve done that.”
“I chose to go to Kilmarnock because of the bigger games you play in, the pressure matches. I’ve been on loan in England’s League Two and this is miles better. Same goes for League One.”
“What sells it for me and would make me definitely come back is that we played Rangers, Celtic and Hearts in a week.”
“So it’s crossed my mind. I can’t lie. I have thought about coming back to Scotland and Kilmarnock.”
We are almost certain that Benitez will send him out on a season long loan next season.
The Newcastle manager has to sell at least one senior goalkeeper this summer from Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Matz Sels.
And if we are successful in getting Sunderland’s top young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford signed this summer – that’s very doubtful however – Jordan would become number one for next season given he shows the brilliant form he’s showed for the Black Cats this season.
That would mean Rafa would have to sell another senior goalkeeper.
The two we would like to keep are Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow,who have performed brilliantly for Newcastle over the last two seasons.
Rob Elliot was our Player of the Season last season in the Premier League and Karl has been great for us this season and has improved a lot in such a short time.
Rafa Benitez will likely want to send Freddie Woodman out on loan to a Championship club next season where he can get first team experience in what is a very tough English second division – as we have all found out this term.
Freddie is an outstanding young prospect at Newcastle United – there’s no doubt about that.
Not only is he a gifted goalkeeper but his attitude, character and temperament are also first class.
Freddie has everything it takes to be a huge success in the years ahead – hopefully as the Newcastle United number one goalkeeper.