Freddie Woodman has had a breakout season on loan at Swansea in the Championship. The 23-year-old signed an extension to 2021 before joining Swans in early August. He’s since started all 37 league games for Swansea, who currently sit in 11th place.
Woodman has had some memorable penalty saves along with 11 clean sheets during his spell in Wales. He’s shown enough that Newcastle should want to sit down with him to work out an extension.
However, Freddie will want some assurances of what his future will look like should he pen a longterm deal to remain at the club he joined almost 7 years ago. With Martin Dubravka in the form of his life, there will be little first-team football for Freddie in the immediate future at Newcastle.
The young keeper spoke to the BBC Sport Wales recently and made it crystal clear that he wants to stay at the Liberty Stadium next season.
This is what he revealed when asked about next season:
“I think the club know and the fans know that I absolutely love it here.
“I would love to carry on next season. When you are enjoying your footy and enjoying where you live, it makes life so much easier.
“But in football it’s not really up to the player’s choice, it’s about the clubs.”
Woodman’s future, like some other Magpies, will not be sorted until a decision on the takeover is made. Freddie seems to have the upper hand in negotiations with just one year remaining on his current deal.
Since he wants to return to Swansea next season, Newcastle could use that to their advantage in getting Freddie to sign a long term deal. They could promise him another loan move next year in the hopes he will commit his future to Newcastle.
What we don’t want is another situation where Freddie is prevented from getting first-team football due to tense contract negotiations, which happened last season.
Hopefully, once this takeover is sorted, Woodman can sit down with the new owners and work out a contract extension. He’ll not be needed at Newcastle for the immediate future, so returning to Swansea is a win-win proposition.
We just don’t want to see the promising young keeper walk out the door for nothing next summer or leave for a pittance after this season is completed.