It was good to see Freddie Woodman finally make his debut yesterday in the 3-1 FA Cup win against Luton Town – he’s waited a long time for it.
Freddie played OK, but there were a couple of moments early in the game when he delayed his clearance and could have had the team in a bit of trouble.
Freddie looked what he is – a talented up and coming goalkeeper who lacks experience and needs first-team playing time.
Hopefully, Freddie can get a loan deal set up for the rest of the season, but that will depend on whether Rafa can be successful in bringing in a senior goalkeeper to the club.
Freddie Woodman – needs first team experience
If the manager cannot do that maybe it’s the FA Cup games, Freddie will play this season.
His debut yesterday will do him a lot of good, and he will learn from the (minor) mistakes he made – like delaying his clearances in the first half.
Woodman was exposed for the Luton goal when he came out, and goalscorer Hylton easily went around him before putting the ball into the back of the net.
But it was shocking overall defending by Newcastle for that goal, and we cannot do that next Saturday against Swansea City – we were a bit sloppy in defense yesterday.
This is what an upbeat Woodman said on nufcTV after the game:
“I want to play football. I’m trying to get minutes on the grass. If that’s it, I’m delighted; if it’s in the next round, I’m buzzing.”
“If its somewhere else on loan or anything like that, I’m willing to do that. I just want to play football and keep improving.”
“Just playing in front of a massive crowd and the first time playing in front of St James’ – it was nearly full.”
“It’s a loud place and you can feel the nerves before the game, so I’ll take that with me.”
“Just playing for Newcastle, it’s a dream come true. Since I came to this club, it’s what I’ve wanted to do, so finally, that’s done and dusted.”
Woodman is a top young professional who is determined to make it to the top at Newcastle.
The 20-year-old needs time out on loan – and for next season he could be loaned out to a Championship club and play the whole season out on loan.
He’s the most promising young player we have in the ranks at the moment.
What do you think?