Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their club seeking to build upon their mightily impressive tenth place finish in the top tier last term.
Rafa Benitez’s men deserve huge credit for sealing a top half finish upon their return to the English top-flight, having won the Championship title little over 12 months earlier. However, it wasn’t always plain sailing for the North East giants over the course of the campaign, with it clear that reinforcements will be needed during the summer window if Benitez is to indeed take the club forward this time round.
Thus, there are many expectant Newcastle fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are wondering what wonderkids in their club’s academy could be set to break through in the coming seasons, perhaps even during the 2018/19 campaign.
And one man in particular has caught the eye of many in the Tavern, namely 21-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
The youngster actually began his youth career at fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace before making the move to the North East back in 2014, almost immediately going out on loan to Hartlepool for a month at the start of the 2014/15 season.
Further loan spells have since followed for the England youth international at Crawley Town, Kilmarnock, and Aberdeen, but the 21-year-old only has one senior Newcastle appearance to show for his endeavours so far to suggest that he still remains a way away from breaking into the senior side.
However, Woodman’s career has taken an upward trajectory in the last 12 months or so given he played a huge part in helping the England Under-20s win the World Cup last summer, with the shot-stopper saving a penalty in their narrow 1-0 success over Venezuela in the final.
And having picked up the Golden Glove award for his efforts at the finals, it’s clear that Woodman has a very bright future ahead of him at both club level and indeed international level, having already made the step up to the Under-21s in recent times – the next step is now the Newcastle first team.
And given the goalkeeping ranks aren’t exactly full of quality at St James’ Park, that break-through could well come sooner rather than later.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!