With no imminent opening at goalkeeper for Newcastle United, they should make Freddie Woodman’s loan to Swansea a permanent move.
For years, Freddie Woodman appeared to be the goalkeeper of the future for Newcastle United. The NUFC Academy product has starred for England’s youth national teams and got experience with the first team over recent seasons in cup play. But, Martin Dubravka is the ironclad starter for Newcastle for the foreseeable future and there doesn’t seem to be a chance for Woodman to overtake him. With Woodman playing well on loan for Swansea City this season, the Magpies should offer to make that move permanent.
Woodman has recorded eight clean sheets in league play this season and the Swans currently reside in the 6th position on the Championship table. The 22-year-old has started every single league match. Swansea City could lock him into a long-term deal and have that position set going forward.
For Newcastle, it wouldn’t be the best move to simply keep Woodman as the backup goalkeeper next season. He has previously been frustrated with a lack of match action and would become more disgruntled. Behind Dubravka, Newcastle United would be better off with a proven veteran keeper that can step in if needed and they can continue to develop Nathan Harker with the reserves or on loan.
Woodman’s contract with the Magpies runs until the summer of 2021 after being extended last year. Newcastle would be wise to get ahead of the curve and sell him for profit now before he can leave for free next year.