Freddie Woodman went on loan to Aberdeen on the final day of the January transfer window and he so far played 5 times for the Scottish Premiership club.
Freddie wanted to go on loan last August, but he was the third Newcastle goalkeeper after Rafa had been unable to sign an experienced goalkeeper in the summer.
Only when Newcastle brought in Martin Dubravka was Freddie allowed to go out on loan by Rafa.
Freddie is very ambitious, and he is keen to break through into the first team at Newcastle as soon as possible.
But maybe he can go out on loan for the full season next term so he can get more first team games probably to a Championship club.
Freddie Woodman – keen to play more first team games
That’s unless Newcastle lose Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow in the summer and that would again restrict Freddie’ first team games on loan.
This is what Freddie has said:
“I want to play football matches because that’s when I’m at my happiest. Hopefully, if I can do well here and go back to Newcastle, I’ll see what’s in store for me there.”
“I’m always pushing myself and always pushing the management team to start and play games because that’s when I’m happy.”
“I’ve been on a few loans now and you need to get out, you need to learn.”
“You need to go and play in these atmospheres, you need to experience making mistakes and playing well and playing week-in, week-out.”
Woodman made his Newcastle debut this season when he was in goal for our win at home to Luton Town in the League Cup.
It seems to us the best thing for Freddie is a full season out on loam if Rafa can keep three senior goalkeepers at Newcastle for next term.
But maybe Freddie thinks he will be ready to challenge for a first-team place next season?
That wouldn’t surprise us – he’s an excellent young goalkeeper.
What do you think?