In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Rob Lee, who is a Newcastle United Hall of Famer, believes that Freddie Woodman’s future on Tyneside depends on what Karl Darlow decides to do this summer.
Woodman has spent almost 18 months on loan at Swansea City in the Championship, with the 24-year old earning rave reviews, and the Swans might like to make the move permanent this summer if they are promoted to the Premier League.
Having been with Newcastle since 2013, Woodman and his father have both made it common knowledge the shot-stopper’s number one aim is to become first choice for the Magpies, however his current path to the first team is blocked.
Speaking on why Woodman’s future depends on Darlow’s own future and how Woodman must be happy to play back up to Dubravka, Lee told FFC:
“It will totally depend on what Karl Darlow does and whether he decides to go or stay and fight, but he’s obviously not going to be number one under Steve Bruce.
“Freddie Woodman has got to be happy being number two to Dubravka because he’s done very well since coming back into the team.”
With Darlow being pushed onto the bench in recent weeks, he has been linked with a move away from St James’ Park and Watford have been credited with an interest.
Dubravka is set to be Bruce’s number one going forward as the Slovakian keeper signed a new six-year deal in October 2019.