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Young star says he never wanted to come to Newcastle United but glad he got out of ‘comfort zone’

4 weeks ago
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Currently thriving out on loan, Freddie Woodman has been talking about his decision to sign for Newcastle United and the people who he most respects from his time at the club.

Out on loan for the season, the keeper has only conceded five goals in seven games and has helped Swansea to joint top of the Championship with Leeds.

However, Freddie Woodman says that he never wanted to come to Newcastle as he was very happy in South London at Crystal Palace.

In hindsight though, the 22 year says that ‘it was the best decision I ever made, they are such a great club with such a great set of fans.’

As for picking out individuals who have had an impact on him.

Woodman names Tim Krul, saying that the former Newcastle keeper was ‘basically my coach there’ and helped him in so many other ways.

The other person he picks out is Rafa Benitez, Freddie Woodman saying: ‘Rafa Benitez was also brilliant for me…I think I improved so much under him, his attention to detail was just incredible. Picking his brain was a real education, I loved talking to him about football, his career and his knowledge. I learned so much from him and he was so open and happy to share and I really enjoyed my time with him.’

Great to see Freddie Woodman doing so well at Swansea and hopefully he will keep that form up, setting the foundations to compete with Martin Dubravka for number one Newcastle keeper next season.

Freddie Woodman talking to the Swansea matchday programme:

“I will be honest and say I did not initially want to go to Newcastle as I was settled with my friends and everything else.

“I was in a comfort zone (at Crystal Palace) but I think it was the best decision I ever made, they are such a great club with such a great set of fans and I have worked with some incredible coaches and players.

Tim Krul was massive for me, he was basically my coach there and he gave me so much advice.

“We set goals together and he was a major influence.

“When England won the Euros at under-17 level, he called me up to congratulate me and he told me ‘I have got you tickets for Holland v Brazil at the World Cup in Brazil’. So before I knew it I was going out to the World Cup.

“That was unbelievable and I still speak to him – I am so glad to see him back in the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez was also brilliant for me, he gave me my debut which is something I will always be grateful for.

“I think I improved so much under him, his attention to detail was just incredible.

“Picking his brain was a real education, I loved talking to him about football, his career and his knowledge.

“I learned so much from him and he was so open and happy to share and I really enjoyed my time with him.

“We know it’s been a good start (with Swansea) but it has to continue that way and we know that if we start patting ourselves on the back things can soon change.

“We have to keep that focus and we have to keep putting in the hard work and enjoying our football.

“I have been made to feel so welcome, I have settled straight away and I love playing here and I want to continue getting games and helping the club because I have felt right at home here.”

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