Rafa Reveals This Youngster Is Now Happy At Newcastle

Freddie Woodman has been keen in the last two seasons to get out on loan so he can get some first team games under his belt.

But the opportunities have been few and far between, and he has gone out on loan to Kilmarnock and Aberdeen over the last two years – but only for short stints.

He played only 23 times in total in those two spells to add to the 12 games he played for Crawley Town before he was brought back to Newcastle because of a serious injury to Tim Krul in late 2015.

The England U21 player has been on the bench recently with Karl Darlow being injured.

Freddie Woodman in training

And it’s likely he could get a game for Newcastle in the FA Cup 3rd round game on January 5th against Blackburn at home.

Rafa has talked about Newcastle’s young star goalkeeper as reported in the Shield’s Gazette:

“He’s doing really well. “He’s happy because now he’s No 2 and is training well.”

“He has a great future. “Young keepers want to play, but he knows now he has an opportunity to be there.”

“He’s pushing Darlow really hard.”

“Because he’s not fit, ask me in a few weeks (if Darlow is still number two).”

Maybe it’s just me, but surely the 21-year-old needs to be sent out on loan to get first-team playing time – that’s the only way he will improve.

What do you think?

Certainly, Woodman has looked the part when he has played for the Newcastle first team – mostly in friendly games.

He has one competitive game for Newcastle to his credit – he played a year ago in the 3rd round of the FA Cup against Luton Town at home when we won 3-1.

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8 comments so far

  • Pottsclock

    Dec 29, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Would rather keep Elliott than Carlow to be honest. Woodman needs game time and experience to improve and I had seen him going out on loan but that won’t happen if Elliott leaves in Jan.

  • Pottsclock

    Dec 29, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2


  • Mag52

    Dec 29, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3


  • Mag52

    Dec 29, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Sad that Rob Elliott has to relocate his family after a long time at NUFC, but that’s football I suppose.
    He has a good few years ahead of him as first choice ‘keeper in the right club, and will be an inspiring addition to the dressing room.
    Good luck Rob.
    HWTL – IRWT.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 29, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    All encouraging for young Freddie and fair play to the lad. Rafa is showing that under him there is a route from the youth team to the first team and that has to be encouraging for the lads.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Rob is a top man, sad to see him go

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 29, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    If rafa goes, we shoukd target someone like gracia. Doing a good job there without spending hugely.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 29, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Rob Broad shoulders indeed. Ignore the idiots my friend.


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