Southampton have been linked with a move for Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman ahead of the summer and the 22-year-old could be a superb addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side next season.
According to the Chronicle Live, both Southampton and Arsenal are keen on the 24-year-old, who is keen to be a first-choice ‘keeper next season, something which could well see him depart St James’ Park.
The shot-stopper has spent this season on loan with Swansea City in the Championship and has been extremely impressive for Steve Cooper’s side, helping the Swans to the playoff final and winning the Golden Glove in the second tier.
In 47 Championship appearances, the Englishman conceded just 39 goals, keeping 21 clean sheets in total, which was more than any other ‘keeper, so it is no surprise that he is attracting interest ahead of the summer.
Swansea may well be keen to keep him should they beat Brentford in the playoff final this weekend and seal a return to the Premier League, but Southampton should definitely act on their reported interest in the £8.1m-rated goalkeeper, despite Hasenhuttl’s recent comments.
The Austrian confirmed in a recent press conference that he expects Fraser Forster and Alex McCarthy to continue competing for the number one spot at St Mary’s next season, despite their less than impressive performances.
Only West Brom conceded more goals than the Saints this season, whilst Understat suggests that the Saints conceded 9.45 more goals than expected this season, which is comfortably the worst of any side in the top-flight, so questions must be asked of both Forster and McCarthy.
Considering Newcastle look set to favour Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow at St James’ Park next season, this would be the ideal time for Southampton to bring in Woodman, who has established himself as a “brilliant” ‘keeper despite being only 24 and deserves a chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.
Therefore, Saints CEO Martin Semmens should overrule Hasenhuttl and bring in the Newcastle United man to be the Austrian’s first choice next season, as it would be a baffling decision to stick with Forster and McCarthy over a bright prospect such as Woodman.