Newcastle United supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side fail to win any of their four Premier League games prior to the current international break.
Rafa Benitez’s men finished tenth in the English top-flight last term but weren’t overly active during the summer transfer window, with just seven players making the move to St James’ Park. And the Magpies have made a very disappointing start in picking up just one point from their opening four league matches, drawing 0-0 against Cardiff City alongside defeats at the hands of Tottenham, Chelsea, and Manchester City.
As such, there have been many despondent Newcastle fans up and down the country in recent times, and one man in particular who is likely to be frustrated is goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
The 21-year-old became the fourth choice at the North East giants during the summer following the arrival of Martin Dubravka on a permanent deal, and while he didn’t move out on loan during the off-season, it appears that he has been left with no choice but to do just that come January.
Ultimately, the Englishman has come up through the ranks at St James’ Park after moving there from Crystal Palace back in 2013, but he has so far managed just one appearance for the Magpies, which came in their 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup earlier this year.
Yet the arrival of Slovakia international Dubravka on loan back in January saw Woodman earn a loan move to Scottish outfit Aberdeen, and despite the former making that move permanent over the summer, thus leaving the 21-year-old in a similar position, no loan move was forthcoming during the close season.
And as a fourth choice, it’s pretty clear that Woodman is not going to get much game time at St James’ Park this season, what with messrs Dubravka, Rob Elliot, and Karl Darlow seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.
And while learning from those goalkeepers in training is likely to be of benefit to the England Under-21 international, it’s not a substitute for playing regular matches at a competitive level – we all saw what Woodman can do when he saved a penalty for the England Under-20s in the final of the World Cup last summer.
Yet game time is likely to be something of a premium for the 21-year-old this term, but given just how talented Woodman is and how bright a future he has in the game, he may have been left with no choice but to demand a January move away from Newcastle.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!