Freddie Woodman has been a revelation in the fifth loan spell of his young career. His move this summer to Swansea has seen the 22-year-old start every league game for the 4th placed Championship side.
His previous loan spells were just for a few months at Hartlepool and Crawley Town when he was still a teen. As he progressed, he was sent to Scottish clubs Kilmarnock and Aberdeen in the winter windows of 2017 and 2018.
Woodman extended his current contract to 2021 on the day he moved on loan this summer. His performances at Swansea will hopefully spurn Lee Charnley to try and tie down Freddie on a longer term deal to ensure he stays at Newcastle.
In a recent report, the Chronicle made the following claim about Newcastle’s intentions with the young goalkeeper:
The Magpies also want to extend the stay of England under-21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, currently on loan at Swansea and whose deal expires in 2021.
The line for new deals at Newcastle is quite long at the moment unfortunately. We just hope that the glut of players needing new deals does not cause the club to lose a player like Woodman unnecessarily.
While he is likely behind current members of the first-team, Freddie could be our future number one keeper. His contract needs to be a priority for Newcastle.
Woodman has given a recent interview during the international break. Speaking to swanseacity.com this is what Freddie had to say about his progress this season:
“Working with the gaffer and Marge has been great for my development.
“I am the type of player and person who wants to get better every day, and I feel the gaffer and Marge (goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson) are improving my game every day.
“Me and Marge have conversations all the time – ‘did you see this’, ‘can we improve this’. It’s a brilliant way to work and a great mindset.
“I can see this throughout the club. There is always the mentality of how do we improve? That’s something I’ve been brought up on.”
Freddie’s improvement is there for all to see with his recent displays. He also seems so enthusiastic to get to back to work after the break.
“I am really happy with the way I’ve played so far too, but there’s a lot of hard work and improvement to come from me.
“There have been a few disappointing results, but on the whole it’s been a very promising start.
“And I am itching to get back onto the pitch. When I was an international, I loved the international window, but now I’m not playing internationally I hate it and I want to be back on the pitch as quickly as possible.
“So Saturday can’t come soon enough!”
Swansea lost a disappointing match at home to last placed Stoke City right before the break.
They will travel to face Barnsley on Saturday and we’re pretty sure Freddie will get his twelfth straight start.
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