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One Of Newcastle’s Star Young Players To Leave Club This Summer

There are reports today including in talkSPORT that Arsenal are in pole position to sign Newcastle United England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman this summer.

The star goalkeeper is still only number three on Tyneside behind 30-year-old Slovakian International Martin Dubravka and 28-year-old Karl Darlow.

If Woodman stays at Newcastle, where he’s been since 2014, then the chances of getting first team football at Newcastle do not look good in the short-term.

Arsenal are in the lead to sign him this summer because his father – Andy Woodman – who was the goalkeeping coach at Newcastle when Freddie arrived – is now Arsenal’s Head of Academy Goalkeeping and Under-23’s goalkeeping coach.

Freddie Woodman – ready to leave Newcastle

Freddie has made three appearances this season for Newcastle – all in cup games, and he has only one year left on his contract.

Newcastle will ask for a fee for the player, and it will be interesting to see what Rafa wants for the 56 times capped England Youth International goalkeeper who has 6 caps for the U21 side.

Woodman was the star for the  England Under-20 side who won the World Cup back in 2017.

Woodman turned 22 at the beginning of the month, and he will be looking to further his career elsewhere.

However, he could find it difficult to get in Arsenal’s first team – although it will be up to Freddie and he is a very talented goalkeeper.

Certainly, Woodman would seem to have a great future ahead of him, and the reports are that he is now ready to leave Newcastle.

We don’t know if Rafa will try to keep him on Tyneside, but the youngster hasn’t been given many chances with Martin Dubravka in such good form for over a year now.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Celtic are favourites to sign Freddie

  • cyprus

    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    So Woodman has more chance playing for arsenal?

    On NUFC, Atsu and Almiron should both play in the next game. I think their pace will cause problems.

    It’s a game we expect to lose, so we can experiment – and surprise them.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Why can’t we just offer Woodman a better contract and loan him out for regular football??? Makes no sense to sell a promising young keeper.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4


    RobLeenio saying yesterday exactly what Shearer said today…

    C’mon Alan, keep up !

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 26, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    OG – playing the piano – check this out.
    Gist is pianos are put in Kings X and St Pancreas Stations for the public to play. Then other people get involved (professional musicians) – they are dressed up to look dodgy -in most cases . The pro chats to the member of the public and starts playing. Quite a few in the series.
    The link below is just a pro musician – hard to believe how some folk can play so well/fast.

    Pianist is Henri John Pierre Herbert.

  • dazza

    Mar 26, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #6

    TBH not someone I think will become a regular premier league player. Not too bothered, if he wants out, all the best.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 26, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Would trust Rafa’s judgment here. At 22 if he still can’t get into our side or even on the bench then he’s better off elsewhere. Have to say I’ve never seen him have a really outstanding match when he HAS played. Competent yes, but there are many like that in the leagues.


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