January loan deal looks set to backfire & recently released winger completes Championship move

Freddie Woodman’s January loan move to Bournemouth looked like a good one from the outside looking in.

A promotion chasing club managed by former Mag Scott Parker and one that he almost joined last summer, with Bruce pulling the plug after Darlow got COVID and Dubravka suffered an injury setback.

They finally got their man in January, which seemed like good news for a player that desperately needs game time, however it’s not gone to plan so far – and it’s hard to see things getting much better.

Not only has his one and only start come in a 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Boreham Wood, he’s not played a minute of football since then, as player of the season contender Mark Travers has shone between the sticks.

In fact, Travers has won Bournemouth’s man of the match award in each of the last four games, highlighting what an uphill battle Woodman faces to get game time.

Many Cherries fans on social media questioned their move to sign the Toon talent when their current number one was in such good form, and I’d tend to agree with them. It feels like a bit of complacency on our part, especially when Bournemouth won’t be dropping their star stopper anytime soon as they push for automatic promotion.

Staying in the Championship, former Mag Stan Flaherty has completed a move to QPR this week.

The 20-year-old arrived from Arsenal’s Academy two years ago and went on to score seven goals in 27 games for our U23s, however he’s now linked up with his boyhood club after being released by Newcastle.

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

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