According to the Chronicle, Arsenal are eyeing a summer move for Newcastle United stopper Freddie Woodman.
The 23-year-old talent is set to return from a successful loan spell with Swansea this summer, however Lee Ryder claims he is ‘not interested’ in playing back-up to Dubravka and Darlow when he’s back.
The piece also claims Arsenal are ready to offer him the chance to compete for their no.1 spot.
If that is the case it’s hard to see how a move to North London won’t appeal to the England U-21 international – especially if Steve Bruce isn’t prepared to offer him any first-team assurances upon his return.
That said, is he really likely to get game time at the Emirates? Considering he’s said to be uninterested in any ‘back-up role’, it feels like he’d be exactly that at Arsenal, with him seeming highly likely to get in ahead of Bernd Leno anytime soon.
He’s a big talent and a player we should be reluctant to let go in the early stages of what promises to be a bright career, but it’s fair to say he won’t be getting game time over Martin Dubravka anytime soon, with the Slovakian being our best player across 2019/20 so far.
Here’s what Bruce had to say about Woodman a few weeks ago:
“We’re very, very fortunate that we’ve got three or four good goalkeepers.
“The kid at Swansea – who we’re monitoring – is doing very, very well.”