21-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman wants to go on loan to get some first-team games under his belt.
But surprisingly Rafa Benitez has said he still hasn’t made up his mind about the England U21 goalkeeper.
The Newcastle goalkeeper spent the second half of last season on loan at Aberdeen, but towards the end of that loan spell, he was on the bench although he did play 9 games for the Dons.
Rafa Benitez still has to decide whether he should allow Freddie to go out on loan or keep him training with the first team and playing for the U23 team.
Freddie Woodman – will he go out on loan?
Rafa was asked in the Shields Gazette whether Woodman would be loaned out before the deadline on 31st August – next Friday – and this is what he said:
“Still we have to decide about that. “I think with the young players, sometimes it’s better if they go on loan, but sometimes it’s better if they stay with you.”
“The players can then train in the way you want them to train and they learn the things that you want to teach them.”
“If they go on loan, sometimes it’s just to play, and that’s it. “We have the U23s for them to play.”
“Each case is different. Still, we have time and we will decide.”
“We were in favor of sending Freddie on loan last year, which was good.”
“But sometimes you want to keep players, like Sean Longstaff. “He has had some teams asking for him, but he has been training with us.”
“I told him ‘you’re training with us, you’re seeing how the senior players work, the pace and physicality of the game.”
“If you go to another team, maybe you will play, but the coaching will be different.”
“If you stay here, you’re not playing too much because we cannot give you minutes, fine.”
“That’s your learning period here, and then you can go on loan and play’”
“We try to find the balance, but it depends on each player.”
We can see Sean Longstaff getting some playing time this season and maybe he will start the League Cup game at Nottingham Forest next Wednesday night.
But Woodman has Dubravka, Darlow, and Elliot in front of him at Newcastle and will unlikely get much playing time if he stays on Tyneside.
Keep Sean at Newcastle and send Freddie out on loan would seem to be the right decision for this season.
What do you think?