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It Will Be Difficult – But Can Newcastle Keep Another Top Academy Graduate This Summer?


There has been news in the last two days that Newcastle have matched the Udinese bid of £30K/week for 20-year-old central midfielder Matty Longstaff.

If that’s true and Udinese have indeed pulled out of the bidding, as also reported, then we hope Matty will still be with us next season and will sign a new contract.

We also wonder if the increased bid from Newcastle, again if it’s true, is an indication the takeover will indeed go through.

Better late than never on two fronts there – Matty and the takeover (if it happens).

But we also have another emerging star at Newcastle in England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Freddie has looked a class act since joining us back in 2014, when his father, Andy, was the goalkeeping coach at Newcastle,

Woodman has spent this season at Swansea and has played 36 games in the Championship to add to his experience and he has now played 75 first team games.

But he’s also 23 now but has only played 4 times for the Newcastle first team.

It’s another dilemma for Steve Bruce to handle.

And on another Zoom video call, the Newcastle manager had this to say about Freddie as reported in the Chronicle:

“It’s vitally important he’s getting game time, a bit like the Dean Henderson situation at Man U,” 

“He’s playing and it’s important for his career, too, that he’s playing regularly.”

“We have taken up the option on him and in an ideal world, we let him back out on loan again. That is probably where we’re at.”

“We’re very fortunate to have Dubravka, and Karl Darlow reminded us all what a good goalkeeper he is.”

“So in that department, we are delighted with what we have got.”

“We’re very strong and we welcome Mark on board. He will be a welcome addition to the squad.”

The signing of the 28-year-old Geordie goalkeeper Mark Gillespie suggests that he will be fighting it out for the number two goalkeeper position at Newcastle with Karl Darlow.

The best scenario is for Freddie to sign a new deal at Newcastle and go on loan for another season.

But he probably wants to settle somewhere and has done extremely well on loan at Swansea, who would like to sign him – on loan or permanently for next season.

We may have to let him go.

Martin Dubravka is in such good form and Karl Darlow looks very good when he comes in to play like the former Nottingham Forest goalie proved in the game against Manchester City.

What do you think?

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24 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    i hope we eventually see Woodman starting for us but have that distinct feeling that his career lies elsewhere. Just like most promising Newcastle youngsters.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost as missed the bus:

    Giimps.

    I agree. AC’s injury issues are there for all to see and they have hampered him in terms of his quickness and agility, so he’s had to focus more on his positional play and working on bringing other players around him into the game. His experience of the league is invaluable and we don’t have anyone else in the first team who can really offer that same on-pitch experience to the newer arrivals. I’d be tempted to have him informally tutoring Joelinton, and if he impresses I’d seriously consider putting him in for coaching qualifications and giving him role in the youth team setup. That’s assuming he’d be interested.

    3
  • Northumbrian

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Woodman will want to be away.

    1
  • magscar

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Still believing that takeover is happening but surely both buyer and seller should be pressing PL for a decision or seeking to help clarify where there is a problem/issue. Hopefully they are behind scenes and new month new hope 🙂

    Clarity is clearly and increasingly needed for the Club to be able to function effectively as transfer season begins in earnest.

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5
  • Mattroge

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Bournemouth know they have to win tonight. After us they have: Man U, Spurs, Leicester, Man City, Southampton and Everton. Ouch.

    They’ve scored the same amount as us but conceded eight more.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    If Woodman stays, I think either Darlow or Dubs are likely to gone. I wouldn’t lose sleep if it was Darlow as he’s rarely featured for us aside from 16/17 when we were in the championship. Losing Dubs would be a bitter blow though.

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  • Mund

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib good shit mate thanks for the link

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  • Mund

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Good ole days

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Mattroge

    I think they’ll attack us but I’m nut sure they’ll have much going forward. It sounds like they’re missing two of their main goal threats for tonight in Callum Wilson (suspended) and Josh King (late fitness test) so that really should give us confidence to take the game to them.

    1
  • Pit yacker

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    (Repost) I was at the San Siro when Shearer scored 2 – didn’t feel like we were plucky underdogs but real contenders – I remember being disappointed we didn’t hold on to win the game rather than grateful for the draw – what a team we had and hopefully we’ll see those days again HWTL

    4
  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Talking of goalies
    Joe Hart just 4 years ago was England and Man City’s first choice
    Burnley have declined renewing his contract yesterday
    Hero to Zero

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    mattroge
    Bournemouth have got an easy run in playing them teams ha

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    pit yacker

    What an incredible memory to have and I agree was gutted we didn’t win but looking back moments like that made me proud. Shearer should of played on the biggest of stages every season and it’s a shame he didn’t get to but when he did he made it matter.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Happy Birthday, Debbie Harry – 75 today!

    3
  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Blondie 75, she was one little sex kitten

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Heard the same rumour off 3 different people today.

    All police leave cancelled, announcement of take over tonight…

    I’ll not hold my breath though

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  • Mund

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    OP

    We can sit and wait not like we haven’t been doing that anyway cheers for info tho

    1
  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Op
    I hope so mate

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Bus moved

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  • Northumbrian

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #21

    OP my mates a copper and patrols around that area and was supposed to be off this week but has been called in.

    1
  • hibbit

    Jul 1, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Ron is that not ageist giving the poor lasses age out, i all so sense a complete disregard for her human rights by you disclosing her age,
    shame on you !!!!

    4
  • Menorca mag

    Jul 1, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Question: 4 letter word ending in IT,( can be found at the bottom of a bird cage)

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  • Menorca mag

    Jul 1, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Answer: Grit. (wonder how many got it wrong eh)

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