Rafa Benitez has been talking about his goalkeepers, and he has individual plans for each one of them.
Rob Elliot is number one, but the manager is still trying to bring in an experienced stopper to challenge Rob for the starting position at the club.
It’s a surprise that Karl Darlow is still available for transfer after he played so well for us last season in the Championship, and seems to be a goalkeeper improving all the time at Newcastle.
Rafa has indicated he will let Woodman go out on loan but only in January, and Woodman himself seems to want a season long loan so he can get as many first team games as possible.
Freddie Woodman – a great prospect at Newcastle
This is what the manager has said about his goalkeepers:
“I was explaining to our three keepers the situations. Rob knows he must compete to be number one. Darlow: he knew we were open for offers and at the moment.”
“He knows he must stay and fight to do his best to compete.”
“Freddie is more difficult. We don’t want to lose Freddie. He is a goalkeeper with great potential. A good ‘keeper, still a young ‘keeper with great potential.”
“The idea is to protect us as a club and make sure he progresses, to keep him until January and then he can go on loan.”
“He can play with the U23s and stay with the first team and work with the first team ‘keepers every day.”
“Then we are covered if we have any problems because he has the quality to play in the first team.”
“Personally he thinks he would like to play because he wants the experience. I told him he can play with the U23s and we don’t want to lose him.”
“We have decided that he will stay with us and can go on loan in January if he needs more experience.”
“In the meantime we are looking for a goalkeeper with more experience to compete against them. After that we must decide what to do with our goalkeepers.”
While Rafa wants to bring in a new goalkeeper, it seems strange that he would keep Woodman at the club until January rather than send him out on loan for the season.
Maybe that will only happen if Rafa cannot bring in a third goalkeeper in the next 11 days – that would seem to make more sense.
Also if we bring in a third goalkeeper but also sell Darlow – we would need Freddie to stay to be the third goalie in that case too.
It seems a little complicated with our goalkeepers at the moment with only 11 days left in the transfer window.
What do you think?