Freddie Woodman has an uncertain future at Newcastle United as he’s struggled for playing time ever since he joined the Magpies and is out of contract in 2023 without a new deal on the horizon.

Paddy Kenny believes it’s time the 25-year-old goalkeeper left St James’ Park and forged a career elsewhere as he needs regular playing time to improve. Loan moves are temporary and don’t always have the desired effect on a player’s development.

Woodman joined Newcastle from Crystal Palace in 2013 and has gone on to make nine appearances in all competitions, conceding 18 goals with one clean sheet.

The former England youth international has been loaned out to six different clubs – Hartlepool (2014), Crawley Town (2015), Kilmarnock (2017), Aberdeen (2018), Swansea City (2019/20) (2020/21), Bournemouth (2022) – in his nine years at Newcastle, so Kenny believes he needs to go permanently.

He told Football Insider: “At his age, he should be going out and playing. He did well at Swansea. It’s a no-brainer if he has the chance to go there. Why sit around and be third or fourth choice when you have the chance to go out there and be number one? If that move is available he should absolutely take it.”

Woodman currently finds himself behind Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow in the pecking order, and Eddie Howe has been linked with other shot-stoppers this summer, so the writing is clearly on the wall.

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