Writing in The Athletic, Chris Waugh has revealed Newcastle United’s goalkeeper situation is worse than previously thought and Steve Bruce has some serious decisions to make.
The football writer noted Martin Dubravka’s latest injury setback has offered an opportunity for the Magpies boss to explore the depth of his shot-stopping department to plan ahead for the future.
Dubravka has been the obvious first-choice between the sticks for the past couple of seasons and the news the Slovakian has been ruled out for several weeks with a ligament knee injury is a devastating blow for Bruce’s Black and Whites.
According to Waugh, all of the other goalkeepers are out of contract by June 2021 and, as a result, face uncertain futures.
Karl Darlow's future remains unresolved – as does that of Rob Elliot & Freddie Woodman.
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) March 13, 2020
Backup keeper Karl Darlow has played in all but one of the FA Cup games this campaign, conceding five goals and only keeping one clean sheet (Transfermarkt).
Third choice reserve Rob Elliott hasn’t even made a single appearance under Bruce all season (Transfermarkt).
The Chronicle reported Newcastle do not have the option to recall Freddie Woodman from a loan spell at Swansea City, despite the 23-year-old putting in a string of impressive performances. Woodman has kept 11 clean sheets in 37 appearances in the Championship for the Swans (Transfermarkt).
Clearly a final decision needs to be made as the club currently have a full quota of goalkeepers in their Premier League squad.
Given how important Dubravka has proven this season, it’s hard to see him being ousted from his position, so perhaps offering Woodman a role as cover and competition – potentially playing in cups – could be a good idea in an effort to stave off any interest in him, with a third option generally a cheaper option in the market – as the likes of Liverpool have done with Andy Lonergan and Manchester City with Scott Carson.
Darlow has been linked with the likes of Leeds United in the past so perhaps acting on any potential interest and selling him over the course of the summer would be the most financially savvy route, given he does not have much longer on his deal.
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