This summer will make it seven years since Freddie Woodman joined Newcastle from Crystal Palace as a 16-year-old in 2013. What happens this preseason could prove to be a crossroads for the now 23-year-old’s future on Tyneside.
Woodman signed an extension with Newcastle in August of last year that will keep him on the books until the summer of 2021. The club immediately shipped the young keeper to Swansea for a season-long loan.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has signed a contract extension with the club – and will spend the 2019/20 season on loan at @SwansOfficial.
Good luck, Freddie!
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 1, 2019
The extension was a sort of compromise for the youngster, who’s original deal had just one year remaining. It gave both Freddie and Newcastle time to see where they both stood.
The idea was that Freddie would go to Swansea and get the first-team football he needed. Newcastle could evaluate his progress and evaluate their long-term plans for him.
Freddie has exceeded even the loftiest of expectations at the Liberty Stadium. He’s started every league match and kept 11 clean sheets for the Swans who sit in 11th position but just three points off a playoff place.
There is a report in Football Insider that says Freddie will sit down with Steve before next season begins to discuss his place in the head coach’s plans.
The report claims that Woodman may want to leave Newcastle for first-team football elsewhere. But they say Newcastle are keen to keep the promising goalkeeper at the club.
A lot will hinge on the meeting between Bruce and Woodman at the close of this season. The report says Newcastle could get as much as £10m for Woodman if they sold him this summer.
However, we hope that Bruce can use his man-management skills to convince Freddie to stay at Newcastle. Bruce could promise to send him out on loan for at least another year and then give him a chance to battle Martin Dubravka for the number one position in the 2021-22 season.