The Chronicle are reporting that two Championship clubs are interested in taking goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on loan for the upcoming season. It seems that Freddie is very keen to get first-team opportunities, and as that is not going to happen at Newcastle, he is eager to take advantage of any loan deals that come up.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) July 29, 2019
While Woodman is far from the finished article, he has a lot of potential. Keeping him at the club last year and denying him a chance to get vital first-team games on loan was a very poor decision in retrospect.
He made just 3 appearances in the FA Cup for the Newcastle first-team and that is far too little for a player who needs experience to continue his development.
Newcastle had Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot as experienced back-ups and that would have been enough cover for the position.
Freddie Woodman– needs to sign a new contract then go straight out on loan
Newcastle and Woodman now stand at a crossroads with the 22-year-old entering the last year of his contract.
Reports are that Newcastle kept Woodman at the club last season for punitive reasons due to them not being able to agree on a new contract.
We can understand if Rafa Benitez decided that he needed Freddie as cover just in case of an injury crisis but to block any moves due to a contract dispute seems extremely harsh for a player still developing.
Woodman was asked about his situation last month and this is what he said.
“It’s difficult for me to say.
“I’ve got a year left on my contract. It’s an awkward situation.
“I just want to keep getting games and minutes and learn as much as I can.”
We hope that Steve Bruce can have a chat with the young goalkeeper and hopefully, a new deal can be worked out.
Woodman has a lot of work to do to before he is ready to play regularly for Newcastle but to lose him now would be very disheartening.
Newcastle have just announced the signing of 20-year-old Jake Turner who will step into the reserves. He, like Woodman, has a lot of potential and will need to be developed.
We hope that Turner is not being brought in as a replacement for Freddie. We need to keep our best youngsters at the club while continuing to scout and finding top young talent to bring in.