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.