We never quite understood why Rafa Benitez wouldn’t allow 21-year-old Freddie Woodman to go out on loan for this season.
Freddie has been capped 6 times at the England U21, and he was in demand.
We have three senior goalkeepers at the club – Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot – and all are experienced goalkeepers, so Newcastle are well covered in case of injuries.
Freddie was on loan at Aberdeen earlier this year but didn’t play all the games and was on the bench near the end of his loan spell.
Freddie Woodman – top young England U21 goalkeeper
Woodman apparently had the chance to sign for Oxford on loan, and Charlton Athletic were also interested in taking him this season.
Freddie is not happy with the situation at Newcastle, and he was desperate to go out to play first team games rather than rely on playing for the U23 side.
This is what Woodman has told the Chronicle today:
“It’s competitive but I am training really hard.”
“I am working really well with the goalkeeper coach and the other goalkeepers.”
“I am trying to keep my standards high.”
“January is around the corner and I have to be prepared for it when it comes.”
“I’ve always said I enjoy playing football so whatever level it is, I am going to enjoy it.
“I don’t have to play for the U23s – I choose to play.” “I just want to get the best out of a bad situation.”
“It is awkward as they (Checkatrade trophy games) always fall in the international break which makes it difficult.”
“If I am going away with England I will miss the next one.” “If I didn’t I would prepare for the Checkatrade.”
“I want to be playing – at the highest level I can.” “It’s not always the case, as other things get in the way of stuff.”
“But I let other people deal with that.” “I just train hard and keep my standards high.”
“That’s all I can do and what I am paid to do.”
Even though Woodman is not playing first-team football, he was still called up for the England U21 squad for this International break, and the selectors have great confidence in him.
Freddie’s always played well in his many games for the England Youth sides – 56 appearances in all starting at the U16 level.
We expect him to be sent on loan in January and it looks like we may well lose him at the end of his current contract in June 2020.
What do you think?