According to a recent report by The Chronicle, Arsenal are keeping tabs on Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who is currently playing on loan at Swansea City. The same source has also claimed that the Gunners want to sign the Magpies goalie as they are prepared to offer him the opportunity to fight for a first-team place with Bernd Leno at the Emirates Stadium.
In a recent interview before the recent COVID-19 outbreak (via The Chronicle), Steve Bruce had words of encouragement for Woodman when he said, “We’re very, very fortunate that we’ve got three or four good goalkeepers.
“The kid at Swansea – who we’re monitoring – is doing very, very well.”
Woodman’s Impressive Loan Spell At Swansea
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at the Liberty Stadium and has been responsible for putting in some memorable displays in goal for the Swans so far. He has conceded 45 goals and secured 11 clean sheets in 37 matches for the Welsh outfit this term across all competitions which highlight how valuable he has been as part of Steve Cooper’s first-team.
Woodman has averaged 27.6 passes and 6.4 long balls per game in the English Championship this season and boasts a healthy pass success rate of 70.6% (stats via whoscored). Therefore, we can expect him to flourish in a team that prefers to play the ball out from the back as he is usually quite tidy with his ball-distribution.
The ex-Crystal Palace youth product has also represented England at various youth levels and is currently an integral member of his nation’s Under-21 set-up. He has featured in six matches for them so far but still has a lot to improve before he is ready to play for the Three Lions’ senior side someday.
What Does The English Custodian Bring To The Table?
Woodman has quick reflexes that enable him to pull off some eye-catching diving saves at the back. He is also a decent handler of the ball and has shown signs of improvement as far as his passing is concerned this season. However, the London-born talent can be a bit slow to react in certain situations. Even then, his strengths outweigh his weaknesses which explains why a top club like Arsenal are hoping to land him this summer.
Should The Magpies Sanction Woodman’s Departure This Summer?
Steve Bruce currently has Martin Dubravka as his first-choice keeper while Karl Darlow acts as the deputy on the bench. Maybe, the Magpies boss should take a step back and consider keeping Woodman at Tyneside next season. The English goalie is currently not good enough to replace Dubravka, but he is more than capable of giving the Slovak goalie a run for his money in search of a first-team berth at St. James’ Park. One can even argue whether Woodman would serve as an upgrade over Darlow, whose contract with the Premier League club runs out at the end of this current campaign.
All in all, it seems like Newcastle United can benefit from retaining Woodman’s services for the long-run. However, for that to happen, Bruce needs to agree on a fresh contract with the 23-year-old as his current deal will only keep at Tyneside until the summer of 2021.
- Carroll Gets 6.5, Clark With 5.5 | Newcastle Players Rated In Disappointing Loss Vs Arsenal - January 18, 2021
- Blackpool To Hold Talks To Extend This Liverpool Starlet’s Loan Deal: What Should Klopp Do? - January 18, 2021
- Chelsea Ready To Make A Big Push For This Bundesliga Striker: What Will He Bring To Stamford Bridge? - January 18, 2021
more recommended stories
Carroll Gets 6.5, Clark With 5.5 | Newcastle Players Rated In Disappointing Loss Vs Arsenal
Newcastle United faced off against Arsenal.
MOTM Aubameyang With 10/10 | Arsenal Players Rated In Their Win Over Newcastle United
Arsenal pile on the pressure on.
Leeds United Express Interest In Swansea Midfielder: Can He Solve Bielsa’s Woes In Midfield?
According to Daily Mail, Leeds United.
On-Loan Newcastle United Keeper Is On Arsenal’s Radar: Should Bruce Sanction His Departure?
In a recent report, Football.London has.
Arsenal Tracking This Breakout Brentford Star This Season: A Perfect Option For Mikel Arteta?
According to Express, Arsenal are among.
Arsenal Vs Newcastle United Preview: Talking Tactics, Team News, Predicted Lineups And Key Men
Arsenal are aiming to rediscover their.
Partey, Gabriel And Tierney Set To Return | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Arsenal Lineup Vs Newcastle United
Following a goalless draw with Crystal.
Steve Bruce To Opt For Five At The Back | 5-4-1 Newcastle United Predicted Lineup Vs Arsenal
Arsenal will play hosts to Newcastle.
Aubameyang & Lacazette Get 5 Each | Arsenal Players Rated In Draw Vs Crystal Palace
Arsenal’s winning run in the Premier.
Arsenal Set To Miss Out In Pursuit Of Ligue 1 Forward: A Massive Blow For Arteta?
According to Todofichajes, West Ham are.