Rafa Benitez Talks About Freddie Woodman And His Current Situation

Freddie Woodman was a little bit nervous at the start of his debut for Newcastle on Saturday against Luton  Town.

He delayed two clearances and was lucky to get away with those mini-mistakes.

But overall Freddie did well and made some decent saves in the second half as Luton came at Newcastle to try to get that second goal, but they couldn’t do it and we won 3-1.

The draw for the 4th round of the FA Cup is tonight just after 7:00 pm.

Woodman was delighted to finally make his debut for the club and Rafa Benitez has talked about Freddie today in the Chronicle.

Freddie Woodman – delighted to have made his Newcastle debut

It seems like Woodman should be going out on loan this month, but that will only happen if the manager can get a senior goalkeeper in this month and Rob Elliot has recovered from his thigh injury.

This is how Rafa answered – when he was asked if Woodman needs to go out on loan this month:

“He needs to enjoy this moment because we have won and he was part of it. After that we will decide what is best for him and the club,”

“We have to manage both of those things.”

“If we are going to do something with him, it will have to be this month, but Elliot is injured and we are working to try and find what we need and after that we will make a decision.”

“It is not difficult, it is simple to take responsibility and do what you need to do. I was talking with his agent and they know the position.”

“We have to wait and see if we can do something, but if not, it is the same for every player.”

“They say I would like to do this and that, but we are professional and what we have to do is make sure what we do is best for the team and best for the club.”

“I think he did well overall. He started a little bit nervous with his feet, but after that he was fine.”

“We didn’t help him much in the first half because we were a little bit too open and a bit too exposed. But overall, good, and it is a positive he has had this experience.”

“He is a good ‘keeper and he made good saves but I don’t like to see my ‘keepers make too many saves, I would prefer not to see them at all.”

Newcastle have been linked with a number of goalkeepers this month including Kiko Casillas of Real Madrid and England International Joe Hart of Manchester City – who is currently on loan at West Ham.

And it’s looking like the players Rafa will bring in this month will all have be on loan deals, because of lack of funds coming from the owner Mike Ashley.

It’s a ridiculous and dangerous situation the owner has put Newcastle in this season.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • JohnJ

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Just hope Toon don’t go for Hart – I think his confidence has gone!

  • Tsunki

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Ah, remember those heady days when it was vital to expunge the Ashley Out! Crowd / crew / gathering / mob / assembly / pogrom / congregation / gang? I do. So long ago now. 🙂

    Ashley Out!

  • expatmag

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3


    Stick to stalking mate….more you style…..lol

  • Drew

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Live about 10 mins from Penrith. Hottest place on earth yesterday. Air-conditioning got a workout.

  • expatmag

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5


    Totally agree. That Kevin Trapp is supposed to be good.

  • expatmag

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6


    Bottom of the blue mountains……nice spot

  • hibbit

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Drew was in Penrith yesterday and they had an inch of SNOW……… lol

  • expatmag

    Jan 8, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8


    You win. I was waiting for someone to come up with rhat one.

  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Our track record with young players is appalling because of poor youth coaching and mismanagement, this lad needs to go out on loan ASAP otherwise another fledgling career will come to nothing at NUFC

  • Mag52

    Jan 8, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10


    The problem with putting a limit on foreign players in a European team is that, with freedom of movement, on which the EU insists, you couldn’t stop players moving around across borders at will.

  • kakaobi

    Jan 8, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11


    I used to live in Milburn 8 miles from Penrith can’t ever remember a warm day just that awful helm wind

  • Dave

    Jan 8, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Read a lot only ocassional poster. Ha Ha ! From when he first posted on here I’ve always visualised expatmag as our very own Sir Les Patterson. Complete with sweatshirt and bracers and displaying down his front what he’s eaten in the recent past.

    The stereotypical Aussie declining blaggard embittered nutter b s merchant. No style and no substance social media nondescript.
    Insensitive enough to assume I’m only kidding. You can’t kid a Kidda!


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