Some slightly surprising claims have emerged on Freddie Woodman’s long-term future at Newcastle United, with Alan Nixon reporting that we are ready to cash in one the 23-year-old.
Considering his rise through the ranks at England youth level and his outstanding loan spell at Swansea over 2019/20, this could be a decision we live to regret if true.
Nixon, who was the man first to report on Federico Fernandez’s move from Swansea to St James’ Park back in 2018, claims that another loan spell in Wales is ‘possible’ for the ex-England U-21 star, but understand Newcastle are preferring to sell.
He believes this could be a blow to Swansea’s hopes of keeping him at the Liberty Stadium, stating they ‘won’t be in the market’ for a permanent deal.
I’m torn on this one.
On one hand we need the cash to boost Bruce’s summer budget, combined with the fact Woodman doesn’t look likely to get in ahead of NUFC number one Martin Dubravka anytime soon.
It’s also worth noting we’ve still got a capable Karl Darlow on our books and recently signed Mark Gillespie to replace the released Rob Elliot. That said, Woodman could have a very bright future ahead of him, with some tipping him to become a full England international before long.
He’s kept 11 clean sheets during a loan spell at Swansea and returns to Tyneside with rave reviews from Wales, so another loan move may seem like the more rational way of allowing to develop while keeping him on our books.
It seems the club may be thinking differently, however.
A wise way to boost our budget on a player who doesn’t seem likely to break into our first team anytime soon, or a big mistake should we allow one of our most promising young player leave?