Freddie Woodman has spent the last four seasons out on loan and looked set to join Bournemouth on a temporary basis this summer as he wasn’t in Steve Bruce’s plans, but Chronicle Live say the 24-year-old’s proposed move may have fallen through due to Martin Dubravka suffering a foot injury.
The 32-year-old has been Newcastle’s first-choice goalkeeper since arriving from Sparta Prague in 2018, going on to make 103 appearances in all competitions, conceding 139 goals and keeping 29 clean sheets.
Dubravka was out of action at the start of last season with a heel bone injury and didn’t get his place in the side back until late-February. The Slovakian international made 14 appearances across the board in 2020/21 and would have been starting under Bruce if fit.
But until his situation is resolved, Woodman’s future is up in the air. Fans haven’t been too vocal on social media about the news, but might they be worried at Woodman’s lack of top-flight experience?
The former England U21 international has made just four appearances for Newcastle since his 2013-move from Crystal Palace and has been loaned out to Hartlepool United, Crawley Town, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and Swansea City – none of which are top-flight clubs in England.
Woodman might have to deputise for Dubravka in the early stages of the season, so can he make the step up?