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Loan Update – Magpie Keeps Another Clean Sheet And Declares Future Ambition



One aspect of Newcastle United that seems to be in very good hands, quite literally, is the position of goalkeeper. That wasn’t necessarily the case at the start of the season.

When Newcastle’s Player of the Season Martin Dubravka went down with a serious heel injury, the number one gloves were handed off to backup Karl Darlow to keep warm until his return. The hope was Darlow could do enough to keep Newcastle afloat until Martin was available.

While Newcastle did flounder, quickly dropping down the table after a massive win at West Ham to start the campaign, it was Darlow’s performances that helped keep Newcastle close to mid-table.

Darlow earned a new long-term contract and has continued to stay as the number one despite Martin’s return a few months ago. If that will continue, remains to be seen but Darlow has at least proven he is a very capable Premier League goalkeeper this season.

His performances may not even be the most eye-catching in the ranks. Freddie Woodman also signed a new contract, over the summer, before being shipped back on loan to Swansea for a second straight season. The 23-year-old has been nothing short of sensational.

Woodman has made 31 starts for Swansea in all competitions, conceding just 20 goals while keeping 17 clean sheets, including yesterday’s 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. The three points keep Swansea just below the automatic promotion places in third with two games in hand on all the clubs around them.

It’s been another season in which Freddie’s has made tremendous progress as a player. He’s getting valuable experience with Swansea and seemingly loving every minute of it.

Woodman is the focus of an article from The Athletic in which he talks about his career to date. His discontent from the 2018-19 season when he wasn’t allowed to go out on loan has been well-documented.

He did get some starts in the FA Cup which limited Karl Darlow to a lone appearance in the league cup that season. But he needed first-team experience which he’s now getting loads of in the Championship. This is what Freddie had to say about his development while at Swansea:

“The main reason for me coming back was because of how much I developed as a player and as a person. That’s what the club do brilliantly.

“I’ve been on a lot of loans: some good, some not so good. The attention to detail and the emphasis on development here is incredible. It’s what I’m all about.”

It seems to have paid off big time letting Woodman go out on loan. He’s become one of the top goalkeepers in the Championship and should be ready to test his mettle in the Premier League soon.

That likely won’t be with Newcastle, at least not next season, with both Dubravka and Darlow at the club. However, Woodman seems willing to wait for his chance. He admitted his goal long-term is to be Newcastle’s number one.

“One day I want to be. That’s why I’ve signed long-term at Newcastle. Wherever I go to or whatever I do, I want to know, ‘This is the best of me, I can’t give any more’.

“I’d love that to be as Newcastle’s No 1 but that moment certainly isn’t now. My ambition right now is to continue proving I deserve to be Swansea’s No 1.”

The article also said Freddie’s father Andy, who was a goalkeeping coach at Newcastle, often says his son is obsessed with making it on Tyneside. His determination may well pay off in the future, and if he progresses like over the past two years, we may have a future star on our hands.

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111 comments so far

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #81

    Would be nice if we could leave cabbage heed at Manu
    Just leave without him

    Think both parties would be happier that way

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #82

    Adamn think Munds just blown me theory out of the water lol.

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #83

    Carson

    True mate that could be actually, it does make a kinda sense.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #84

    Munster Mag

    I remember a very young Martin O` Neill playing for Distillery against Portadown in the Irish League at Shamrock Park in Portadown years ago, he was also a very good gealic player, his brother Jerry O` Neill used to be Armagh manager years ago.

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  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #85

    Mund

    Yep agree 500%
    There’s only 1 guy to blame for the mess we are in. It’s always been that way since he bought us .

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #86
  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #87

    22

    That’s something we will always agree on

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #88

    Steve Bruce will never work in top flight management again and probably doesn’t want to go back to a mid to lower championship club. He doesn’t know enough about modern football to be a pundit and that daft accent he puts on would have viewers switching over to songs of praise. I think he’ll end up at Man U as some kind of meet and greet after games type person.

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  • Mund

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #89

    Carson

    I do think they had some kind of influence with the signings that were done in preseason, maybe not directly but I don’t think Ashley would of spent what he did and bought who he did if it wasn’t for the deal in place to sell, could be wrong tho but then it begs the question why would they sit there that long and risk there investment?

    This deal means more to Amanda Staveley than anyone else who is involved. The Saudis could and would walk away and forget all about it and no doubt the Reubens as well, but Amanda Staveley has been in this battle for over 3 years with here desperation to purchase our wonderful football club. She most off all would be heart broken if no deal could be struck so IMO if they did have influence she wouldn’t allow there investment to be risked.

    That’s is ofc if they wouldn’t still purchase us if we were relegated. If that’s already a decision that’s been made then there could be truth to it.

    Lots of variables lol enough to make your head hurt…..oh wait 😉

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #90

    While we’re on the subject as well Ashley ain’t selling the club to the Saudi’s because they can take the club on progressively, he hates us and has always ran the club at a benefit to his other businesses. The man is purely greedy, this is the only deal that he stands to make a fortune out of this after the sale of the club and that’s why he wants it so badly. Personally can’t wait for him to be gone and be able to support a properly run club again.

    2
  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #91

    Mund

    On a lighter note Mund, Ashley is very lucky he is not the owner of a football club in Northern Ireland as he would have been Kneecapped years ago he he he he

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #92

    Jail for Ashley

    Good afternoon Jail hows the form mate, so back to the real world for you today fella he he he he

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #93

    I also hate the name of Yankee Candles. ‘A Night Under The Stars’ is not a scent Yankee Candles, sort it out.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #94

    If the consortium had any influence over the direction of the club then Bruce would have been sacked after leading the club to their longest run in it’s history. Foreign players were brought in last time in the usual Ashley model as….. that’s his model. After realising that there is absolutely no way Bruce could cope with another wave of Krafths, Joelinton’s etc he got PL experience as he did with Townsend and Shelvey when they realised Mclaren was floundering. Imo the signing of ageing British/Irish talent had nothing at all to do with any consortium.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #95

    *without a victory.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #96

    magicmac54,
    I hope you are well. Yes back here after 2½ months. Didn’t get here till half twelve and straight on to nights. Barstewards 😕

    1
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #97

    Very good points Mund which kinda comes back to what I was alluding to in a previous post regarding communication from the club. Seems like other clubs keep fans abreast of what’s going on eg San Francisco owners upping their stake in Leeds. Still think a simple statement by the club implying all parties are still buying the club wouldn’t do any harm.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #98

    Carson

    Hi Carson, ive really enjoyed your posts today also, some fantastic dialogue earlier between you and Adam.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #99

    Jail for Ashley

    So are you not starting work until tonight Jail?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #100

    magicmac54,
    *Disclaimer
    I do not condone the use of such methods in any way shape or form but what a shame he doesn’t own a club in Northern Ireland 😮

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #101

    magicmac54,
    Half six, going to try and get a couple of hours this afternoon, been up since six this morning.

    1
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #102

    But Jail in all honesty we never looked like being relegated last season, I know the reasons why so don’t want to start the Rafa/Bruce debate so if like you say they were brought in for Mclaren why were they brought in, in the summer. We could have bought some foreigners and had a really good season and on the other side apart from Wilson and Fraser in glimpses the rest have been pants.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #103

    Thanks Magic it’s good to have a debate for us to agree or disagree, everybody has the right to their own opinion and should be able to view it, at the end of the day its what the blogs here for.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #104

    Carson80,
    It wasn’t looking good until we beat ten man Soton and ten man Sheff Utd. The stats showed we were seriously lucky in a lot of games and we’re regressing badly and someone at the club has had the nous to realise that he wouldn’t be able to cope with another wave of untested foreign lads.

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #105

    We’ll never know if there was any influence from the consortium on the summers transfers, my personal opinion though is that they likely didn’t. Ashley probably just knew he would have to invest a little to protect his sale. If the consortium did have a say, I don’t think their targets would have been 3 free transfers in Hendrick, Gillespie, Fraser and then two players from relegated teams (although Wilson was a top buy). I feel like they would have had loftier ambitions with players than those.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #106

    Jail for Ashley@100

    Jesus Jail your reply had me in stiches he he he, only you could come back with a post like that he he he, you need some sleep man as your working tonight.

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  • kimbo

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #107

    After watching the Burnley – Fulham game last night how does Bruceless expect us to cope with bigger teams. Lascelles talks about getting points against the bigger boys, well how about starting with points against anyone in the next 14 games!
    I cannot see use getting more than 9 more points.

    2
  • Carson80

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #108

    I know we were lucky Jail and that the team was well drilled and why but this season especially after the Brighton game I have always thought we could go down and that’s with those experienced British players. Yet last season even with our 2 goal number 9 we comfortably stopped up. By the way not defending Bruce at all but the logic doesn’t add up.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #109

    Carson

    I totally agree Carson its very good to debate, everyone has a different opinion and a different outlook, its not the first time ive sent a post on the blog and someone comes back to me with a different view, and when i read thier post i see things from a different perspective, and iam never afraid to post back and tell them i actually agree with them, but there has been some fantastic posts from every member of the blog today Carson. PS I trust your enjoying your day Carson.

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  • magicmac54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #110

    Ok guys time to prepare evening dinner, be back later, be good everyone, take care.

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  • Tonyd3b54

    Feb 18, 2021 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #111

    Best case with woodman is swansea get promoted and we get to have him start in the prem with no risk

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