On August 1st, Freddie Woodman signed a one-year extension on his current deal to 2021. He also joined Swansea on a season-long loan. While this was a positive development for the club, it was basically a stop-gap measure that just kicked the can down the road so to speak.
Freddie has gone to Swansea, so far, demonstrated that he has the potential to be a top goalkeeper. The 22-year-old has started every game in the Championship since his arrival.
Swansea has suffered just one defeat with Freddie minding the net. The England Under-21 international has provided key saves and 3 clean sheets.
As the end of Woodman’s extension gets closer to expiring, it’s time for Newcastle to start planning for the future at the goalkeeper position. There is a report in the Chronicle that says Newcastle plan to do just that.
The report says that while current number-one Martin Dubravka is set to sign a new deal, the club see Woodman as the long-term answer between the sticks. The trick is going to be convincing Freddie that he will get an opportunity at Newcastle.
Last season, Woodman made his Newcastle debut in the FA Cup which he recently spoke about to Wales Online:
“Rafa was also brilliant for me, he gave me my debut, which is something I will always be grateful for.”
While last season saw Freddie get his debut, it was also one of frustration for the youngster. He desperately wanted first-team football on loan but was denied that opportunity.
This season he is getting that at Swansea. He is likely going to want that next season as well. So Newcastle will have to implement a plan that works for both the player and the club. The problem for Newcastle is that Freddie holds all the cards with his contract set to expire in two years.
One solution could be to allow Freddie to go on loan next season to a Premier League side, maybe even Swansea if they get promoted. Another possibility could be to keep Woodman at Newcastle and give him the opportunity to play in the Cups next season while being Dubravka’s understudy. He maybe could even get the odd Premier League start as well.
However, the first priority is to get Woodman on a long-term deal. It will be such a gut-punch to see this young talent walk away in the summer of 2021. That cannot be allowed to happen.