Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has given an update on the situation of Freddie Woodman as he compared it to that of Dean Henderson at Manchester United.
Speaking ahead of the Tyneside club’s clash in the Premier League against Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth yesterday (via ChronicleLive), the manager said that Woodman’s situation is “a bit like the Dean Henderson situation at Man U”.
The 23-year old is currently only on loan at Sheffield United from the Red Devils but is impressing at the Blades, with 12 clean sheets and just 29 goals conceded in 33 games in all competitions for Chris Wilder’s team so far in the 2019/20 season, according to Transfermarkt.
Woodman is also enjoying a relatively impressive campaign so far, having also managed 12 shutouts, but has conceded 47 goals in 40 matches in all competitions for Swansea City in the Championship, as per Transfermarkt.
Bruce was adamant in his press conference that Woodman needed to be given more game time, given that Martin Dubravka has been the first choice in the majority of matches so far in this term.
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Henderson may have had to play second fiddle to David de Gea at Manchester United if he stayed there but has since been playing regularly at Bramall Lane and has thus developed a reputation for himself.
Bruce suggested that Woodman could follow in his footsteps in terms of getting precious minutes elsewhere before returning to the club and gaining some more valuable experience to perhaps challenge Dubravka for the number one spot.
Nevertheless, whether the Englishman plays any part next season for the Magpies remains clear.
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