Newcastle United loan star feels ‘guilty’ as he accepts top Championship award
Freddie Woodman finished sixth last season with Swansea City in the Championship, the Welsh club losing out in the play-offs.
The Newcastle United goalkeeper was quick to sign up once again and this time Swansea have finished two places higher.
Swansea losing 2-0 to Watford today but still ending the season in fourth place, now set for the play-offs once again.
In the semi-finals they will face fifth place Barnsley, whilst it is Brentford v Bournemouth in the other semi.
Despite conceding twice and losing today, the Newcastle loan star still picked up the top goalkeeper’s award in the second tier.
Freddie Woodman getting the Championship Golden Glove award after 20 clean sheets in his 45 second tier appearances this season, more clean sheets than any other Championship keeper this season.
A class act who is surely destined to play in the Premier League, whether with Newcastle United…or elsewhere, Freddie Woodman was quick to spread the praise around, saying he felt ‘guilty’ for accepting this personal award because he only managed the 20 clean sheets thanks to the help of the rest of the squad.
An intriguing situation at Newcastle United with regard to the goalkeeping situation.
Martin Dubravka was immense on Friday night at Leicester, reminding us all of just what a class act he is. Whilst Karl Darlow performed admirably during the Slovakian’s absence earlier in the season. Mark Gillespie also stepping up and doing well in the League Cup.
It is difficult to see anything other than, injury (or a sale…) permitting, Martin Dubravka being Newcastle’s number one next season.
Freddie Woodman has now got used to regular football these past two seasons so difficult to see him accepting being a number two at Newcastle or anywhere else. Whilst at the age of 24 I think he will definitely be looking for Premier League football next season if at all possible.
The ideal scenario would appear to be Freddie Woodman helping Swansea to promotion threw the play-offs and playing one more season on loan at Swansea, in the top tier this time. However, if Swansea do get promoted, you can only imagine they will go all out to buy the young up and coming goalkeeper who has been so impressive these past two years.
If only Newcastle United had such quality and strength in depth in every position!
Freddie Woodman speaking to the official Swansea City site:
“I feel guilty for accepting it because many people look at clean sheets as down to the goalkeeper, but I know how hard the team has worked for clean sheets.
“Every clean sheet we’ve had this season, after the game it’s always been a collective congratulations to everyone.
“While my name is on the award, it’s the team that has really won the award. Every player has played their part and should feel proud.
“It’s a massive team effort, and it’s an amazing achievement to keep 20 clean sheets in the Championship.
“Keeping clean sheets gives the team a huge opportunity to win matches, and it’s put us in a great position in the league.
“Hopefully we can take this into the play-offs.”
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