According to North-East reporter Miles Starforth, Freddie Woodman future at Newcastle is now in ‘doubt’ – with the England U-21 goalkeeper left ‘unhappy’ and ‘frustrated’ that the club refused to sanction a loan move away for him this summer.
As confirmed by The Chronicle just yesterday, Charlton and Oxford offered him the chance to play first-team football out on loan, however Newcastle blocked the move – leaving him to play U-23 football with the reserves between now and January.
As a result, Woodman recently lost his spot in the England U-21 squad that faced Holland in their European Championship qualifier earlier this month, with him.
I can see why he’s frustrated. An international goalkeeper who’s deemed to be one of the club’s top prospects should not be wasting away in the reserves – especially when the likes of Dubravka, Elliot and Darlow all appear to be ahead of him in the pecking order at senior level.
The Chronicle confirmed that scouts from Man Utd and Celtic were watching both him and Sean Longstaff in U-23 action last week, so we’d be wise to sort this situation out as soon as possible.
After losing top English talent Lewis Gibson to Everton last summer, it would be so frustrating to see us mess this one up.
Rafa clearly rates him and has spoken highly of him in the past, but the club must manage his situation much better.