Freddie Woodman has been left out of Newcastle United’s pre-season training camp in York, creating increasing uncertainty over his future in the North-East [Shields Gazette].
The Lowdown: Newcastle United face departures ahead of 2021/22
Moving into 2021/22, many Toon fans will be intrigued to see how manager Steve Bruce looks to improve on their 12th placed finish last time out.
Though there has not been any concrete movement in terms of incomings, Andy Carroll, Henri Saviet and Christian Atsu have all departed St James’ Park.
Could Newcastle be set to let go of another squad member owing to recent developments?
Should Newcastle sell Freddie Woodman this summer?
The Latest: Newcastle snub Woodman for pre-season trip to York
The Toon have surprisingly left 24-year-old Woodman out of their preparatory fixtures in Yorkshire [Shields Gazette].
He is understood not to be within Bruce’s plans in the forthcoming campaign, and has attracted interest from Leeds United in recent weeks.
Newcastle are set to travel to York City and Harrogate Town in the coming days.
The Verdict: Right time for Woodman and Newcastle to part ways
Upon reflection, it is probably the right time for the Toon and Woodman to amicably part ways.
Despite being a commanding presence between the sticks while on loan, he has never really enjoyed a sustained breakthrough with his current employers.
In 2020/21, the Englishman excelled on loan at Swansea City, keeping 22 clean sheets from 52 appearances [Transfermarkt].
Across the piece, Woodman managed to record a save percentage of 72.7%, while averaging less than a goal against per game [FB REF].
Once labelled as ‘excellent’ by former manager Steve Cooper, now may seem like the ideal time for the London-born goalkeeper to try his hand as a number one on a permanent basis elsewhere [Swansea City FC].
In other news, Newcastle United have opened talks for a reported transfer target.
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