A future star for Newcastle is excelling on loan in the Championship

Freddie Woodman of Swansea City. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
Freddie Woodman of Swansea City. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images) /

Newcastle United’s goalkeeper of the future is playing exceptionally well again on loan in the second division.

Newcastle United have an interesting situation in goal, for this season and beyond. First-choice keeper Martin Dubravka is still out with an injury suffered in preseason and there’s not an exact timeframe on his return.

In his place, Karl Darlow has played well and won’t be keen on going back into a backup role. The club also signed hometown boy Mark Gillespie from Motherwell for depth at the position this offseason. Then, there’s the club’s goalkeeper of the future that is playing lights out on loan in the Championship.

Freddie Woodman has impressed again this season on loan with Swansea City. A year after helping the Swans get to the EFL Playoffs with 12 clean sheets to his name, the Newcastle United Academy product is playing even better as the first-choice keeper in 2020.

The 23-year-old has five clean sheets and has only conceded six goals in 11 matches thus far. Both of those stats put him amongst the elite goalkeepers in the second division. Woodman and Swansea City are sitting sixth on the Championship table and only have two wins on the season.

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With a new contract signed in the offseason, Woodman is definitely proving that he can be the goalkeeper of the future for the Magpies. Dubravka is 31 and Darlow is 30, and while neither appear to be slowing down, it’s a massive comfort for the Toon Army to know that their prodigal son in goal is showcasing that he can be ready to be called upon.