Freddie Woodman’s loan spell has hit a bit of a rough patch over the past few weeks. Not so much for Freddie, but Swansea are starting to slide down the league table after reaching the pinnacle three weeks ago.
On October 2nd, Swansea were top of the Championship after downing Lee Bowyer’s Charlton 1-2 at The Valley.
Swansea then stumbled with two disappointing results in a loss to then bottom of the table Stoke City before the international break. After the break, Swansea only managed a draw to current basement dwellers Barnsley.
On Tuesday, Woodman conceded the most goals since joining Swansea in a 0-3 loss at home to Brentford. In the course of three matches, Swansea have dropped to ninth in the table.
Freddie Woodman– playing in the FA Cup for Newcastle
However, the Liberty Stadium is not where Freddie’s future lies. He is under contract with Newcastle until the summer of 2021 and we have to believe that there will be every attempt made by the club to extend his contract.
That is especially the case after his recent interview about his future.
Freddie revealed that his goal is to be the number one at Newcastle. This is what the 22-year-old said to the Chronicle about his ambition to be Newcastle’s future netminder.
“It’s always my aim. It is absolutely brilliant for Sean to be in there now.
“I was with him on loan at Kilmarnock, and there was great banter between us with everything that went on.
“I am realistic, Martin Dubravka was number 1, I loved working with him every day.
“He pushed me to be the best.”
It seems that Sean Longstaff’s rise into the Newcastle first team has been a source of inspiration for many of Newcastle’s youngsters. Not least of which will be his brother Matty.
There’s no reason why Newcastle can’t get Freddie tied down for the future and send him on loan again next season. Then he can come back and fight Martin Dubravka for the number one spot in two years’ time.
It’s imperative Newcastle get this budding English star’s contract situation sorted out. While it may be a few years before he hits his mark and becomes Newcastle’s number one, losing him on a free or a reduced fee would be a travesty.