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Newcastle’s most impressive loan player Freddie Woodman speaks ahead of facing one who is struggling

12 months ago

Freddie Woodman will be facing Jacob Murphy on Saturday.

Or rather, they will be in the opposing squads at least.

Whilst Freddie Woodman has undoubtedly been Newcastle’s most successful loan star this season, Jacob Murphy hasn’t started  Championship game for eight weeks and is set to be on the bench on Saturday when Sheffield Wednesday host Swansea City.

Away from home, Freddie Woodman has been particularly good, conceding just four goals in seven away games, helping to pick up 15 points on the road, compared to 13 points from one more game at home.

With five clean sheets and conceding only 14 goals in 15 games overall (Woodman has played every Championship minute so far), it is proving a great loan move for the 22 year old keeper.

The good news for Newcastle as well is that Freddie Woodman feels he is getting better and better as the season progresses, regular football essential for any promising young player to stand a chance of progressing.

The promotion race couldn’t be much tighter, with West Brom top on 30 points and Swansea one of three clubs on 28 points. Sheff Wed are currently seventh and if they win on Saturday, would be just one point behind Swansea.

A bit sad to see Jacob Murphy struggling so badly, just two goals and five starts so far in the league. Whilst it is always difficult to step up to the Premier League, important to remember what an exciting player he looked when as a 21 year old he scored nine goals from the wing/midfield in the Championship season when Newcastle got promoted and convinced Rafa Benitez to buy him.

Freddie Woodman talking to the official Swansea site:

“I got game-time in League Two and in Scotland, but the Championship is a whole new ball game.

“I’m really enjoying it.

“You come up against teams every week who are giving you a different challenge.

“I feel I am getting better and learning something every week.

“It’s brilliant for my development and I hope it is also helping Swansea because of the faith they have shown in me.

“I am delighted with how things are going.

“Our defensive performances have been good. I think I’ve developed a good relationship with the players – the back four especially.

“It was important that I understood what type of players they are and for them to understand the type of goalkeeper I am.

“I also like to think I’ve got a good rapport with the fans because they have been fantastic to me since I arrived.”


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