Freddie Woodman’s Newcastle career hasn’t really started yet after being sent on loan 6 times since 2014 – twice at Swansea where he currently is playing.
This season’s loan at Swansea has showed how he has matured as a goalkeeper and stamped his place as Swansea’s number 1.
Not only is 17 clean sheets in 31 games – with only 20 goals conceded over the course of the season – a pretty incredible record, a 1-0 win over Forest last night means they’re sitting in 3rd place with two games in hand over teams above them.
Very impressive stats for Woodman as he tries to impress the hierarchy at Newcastle to bring him back.
He spoke to the Athletic and was asked if his long-term goal is to be our number 1:
“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 Newcastle’s number 1, but that moment certainly isn’t now.
“My ambition right now is to continue proving I deserve to be Swansea’s number 1.”
Our situation may get tricky in the goalkeeper department with already 2 good goalkeepers fighting for the number 1 jersey. Any 3 of our goalkeepers could leave in the summer, we may decide to cash in on Dubravka – which I believe would be a mistake as he is easily the best goalkeeper at the club. However, Darlow may decide his future lies elsewhere with only being number 2 and nobody would blame him. Darlow has been in good form this season and I feel plenty offers would come in for him, if he became available.
Then there is Woodman who may get shipped out on loan again – maybe to Swansea if they do achieve promotion. Newcastle may not be able to offer him the number 1 spot for another season and he may feel he deserves his chance after his fine form in the Championship this season.
Nobody knows what will happen, but I would like to see Woodman get his chance at Newcastle. Being only 23 he has plenty time to learn as a goalkeeper, but I hope we do not leave it too long and Woodman thinks his career lies elsewhere. Sell Darlow and let Woodman and Dubravka battle it out for the number 1 spot, and Woodman would learn a lot from Dubravka too.