Freddie Woodman has been making a name for himself on loan at Swansea this season. The 22-year-old has started all seven league games since joining the Championship club on August 1st.
He has endeared himself to the Swansea faithful by keeping three clean sheets and making some world-class saves. Swansea find themselves second in the table to Leeds only on goal difference.
However, Freddie is a Newcastle player and, if he continues on this upward trajectory, could become the Newcastle number one in a few years.
Freddie has done an interview with Wales Online in which he speaks about his parent club. He has only positive things to say about Newcastle:
“I was in a comfort zone (at Crystal Palace), but I think it was the best decision I ever made, they are such a great club with such a great set of fans, and I have worked with some incredible coaches and players.”
Many Newcastle fans have kept a close eye of Freddie’s development this season. They will be pleased with what they have seen as he has been one of the top keepers in England’s second division.
Freddie Woodman– future Newcastle number one?
Freddie spoke about two of the people at Newcastle who have been most influential in his development. Both are no longer at Newcastle, though they have special ties with the fans of the club. They are Tim Krul and Rafa Benitez. This is what Woodman had to say about those two:
“Tim Krul was massive for me, he was basically my coach there, and he gave me so much advice. We set goals together and he was a major influence.
“When England won the Euros at under-17 level, he called me up to congratulate me, and he told me ‘I have got you tickets for Holland v Brazil at the World Cup in Brazil’. So before I knew it, I was going out to the World Cup.
“That was unbelievable, and I still speak to him, and I am so glad to see him back in the Premier League.
“Rafa was also brilliant for me, he gave me my debut, which is something I will always be grateful for.
“I think I improved so much under him, his attention to detail was just incredible. Picking his brain was a real education, I loved talking to him about football, his career and his knowledge.
“I learned so much from him, and he was so open and happy to share and I really enjoyed my time with him.”
Tim Krul is playing excellently for Norwich City in his return to the Premier League. We couldn’t be happier for Tim, who deserves the success he is currently enjoying. Having come through the ranks at Newcastle himself, his experiences will have played a big part in Freddie’s early development.
Rafa Benitez gave Woodman his debut in the FA Cup last season. He, of course, is a legend of the game who made a lot of Newcastle players better under his tutelage. Unfortunately, Benitez is now in China at Dalian Yifang.
Freddie should, hopefully, be in the line for a new deal at Newcastle. His current one runs out in 2021. We hope that after the club get Martin Dubravka, Isaac Hayden, and Fabian Schar on improved contracts, they will work to keep Woodman at this club for years to come.