Former England and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson expects Freddie Woodman to leave Newcastle United in the summer, reports Football Insider.
The 22-year-old is on-loan with Swansea City from Newcastle this season, and Robinson suspects that he won’t wan to return up North and sit on the bench for the Magpies when his loan in Wales is up.
Martin Dubravka has been sensational in goal for Newcastle, and the returning Woodman would likely be made no.2 if he chose to stay.
But Robinson believes that Woodman won’t want to play back-up after ‘getting the taste for first-team football’ with Swansea this season:
“He’s been away, got the experience of playing and got a taste of playing so he isn’t going to want to sit on the bench and be a No.2, which he will be due to the form of Dubravka,” explained the 40-year-old, who’s also represented the likes of Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley.
“Dubravka is a top goalkeeper, and if/when he comes back to Newcastle he won’t go straight into the starting eleven, so that’s something for the manager and player to deal with.
“Whether he moves on or not…it’s looking more and more likely that he will.”
The signing of Woodman has been a masterstroke by Steve Cooper – the Newcastle stopper has played in all of Swansea’s Championship games this season, keeping nine clean sheets and asserting himself as one of the most exciting, young goalkeepers on the scene.
Swansea fans would love to see him stay beyond this season, and it looks like he’d like to stay too – or at least depart Newcastle.
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Wise words from a wise old footballer in Robinson – he’s probably right to think that Woodman won’t want to warm the bench at Newcastle next season, and there’s no reason to say he won’t stay at Swansea.
He’s a goalkeeper with real potential and at such a young age – his contract expires at the end of next summer, so Swansea might have to dip into their pockets for this one.