According to the Chronicle, Arsenal have shown ‘solid interest’ in Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
The piece claims that the England U-21 international is now ‘considering his options’, with him making just THREE senior appearances last season and being out of contract next summer.
Woodman has featured in three of our four pre-season friendlies so far, however the club have a big decision to make on his immediate future, with Lee Ryder also reporting that he’s received loan offers from two unnamed Championship sides this week.
Here’s what he said when asked about his future at the club earlier this month, admitting it was ‘difficult’ to comment on in the ‘awkward situation’ he finds himself in:
“It’s difficult for me to say.
“I’ve got a year left on my contract. It’s an awkward situation.
“I just want to keep getting games and minutes and learn as much as I can.”
What couldn’t be clearer to me is that we A) must tie him down to a long-term contract and B) immediately send him out on loan to a decent Championship side to give him some much needed regular game time in a good league.
Martin Dubravka is quite clearly our best goalkeeper at the club and the current no.1, but to let his potential long-term replacement leave (and leave on the cheap) would be criminal – especially when we rarely see such highly-rated talents come through the ranks on Tyneside.