Newcastle United

Freddie Woodman’s contract situation shows Mike Ashley’s short-term planning

Freddie Woodman’s contract situation shows Mike Ashley’s short-term planning

Just like their abysmal summer transfer window, Newcastle have had an equally poor start to the season and as it stands, the Magpies look like they’ll be fighting relegation this season.

While some may argue that Rafa Benitez is deliberately playing a negative style of football to send a message to Mike Ashley, it’s clear that the Spaniard just doesn’t have the squad to be able to match their 10th place finish last year. The Magpies just don’t pose much of a threat going forward although they did score two goals against Manchester United.

At the back, Newcastle did bring in some quality, including the impressive goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka. The 29-year-old goalkeeper is firmly entrenched as the club’s number one but in somewhat worrying fashion, Newcastle are yet to sign long-term number one to a new deal.

According to Chronicle journalist, Chris Waugh, the goalkeeper will leave on loan in January and it is thought that he will sign a new contract, although nothing is for certain at the moment.

The Breakdown

A member of the England under-20 side that won the World Cup, Woodman is currently fourth-choice at the club and at 21, he needs to be playing regular first-team football. So far this season, the young goalkeeper has had to be content with playing in the Premier League 2 and has made six appearances for the under-23 side.

It sums up the current state at Newcastle that since the summer, Woodman’s contract situation hasn’t be resolved since the summer.

Newcastle fans, what do you think?

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