Life is sweet for Freddie Woodman as starring role takes Swansea to top of the table
Great to see Freddie Woodman doing so well out on loan.
A difficult balance to find somewhere at the highest possible level where you will also get regular football.
The young Newcastle keeper has previously impressed on loan at Crawley Town, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.
However, it was a boost to see him take a step higher when heading off to Swansea and Championship football this summer.
Fair to say the mood at the Welsh club wasn’t great, after ending up mid-table and no kind of promotion challenge last season, they then lost their manager and financial pressures forced them to make a £35m profit in the summer window and rely almost entirely on frees and loans.
New boss Steve Cooper said when he arrived, that he hoped to take advantage of his experience and knowledge when working with the younger England age groups, when it came to recruitment.
Freddie Woodman ending up at Swansea as Cooper made his move.
When signing a month ago, Freddie Woodman said he was hoping the Swansea loan deal would happen;
“I had a lot of other offers to consider given I did have a year left on my contract at Newcastle and I had some big decisions to make.
“But from the moment I spoke to Martyn Margetson (goalkeeping coach with Swansea and England) and knowing the club Swansea is, this was the place I wanted to come to.
“I had a game with Newcastle the other night and I was sitting there just hoping and praying that it would get done and I’m delighted it is.
“I have been in the England set-up since I was 15 and I had the chance to do some work with the gaffer and Martyn towards the end of that.
“You only have to look at the work Martyn has done on the international stage to know how good a goalkeeping coach he is.
“You look at the way he has helped Jordan Pickford, who has been fantastic for Everton and England.
“I am really looking forward to working with him.”
This week, when talking about his latest England squad, Gareth Southgate also talked about the growing strength in the goalkeeping position moving forward, naming England Under 21 keeper Woodman as one of half a dozen that can be competing in the future for the national side.
Saturday saw a difficult trip to Leeds for Freddie Woodman and his teammates, only for a great team display and clean sheet from the NUFC loan keeper to deliver a 1-0 away win and send them clear at the top of the Championship by two points.
Last season Swansea finished 10th but conceded 62 goals, no team in the top 12 conceded more.
This season Freddie Woodman has already got three clean sheets and conceded only four goals, helping Swansea to five wins and a draw in their six games.
Early days yet but Freddie Woodman will be 23 by the time the season ends and with Karl Darlow seeing his contract end next summer, it could be an ideal scenario for Woodman to then be the main challenge to Martin Dubravka at Newcastle United.
Good luck to the young NUFC keeper for the rest of the season.
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