It’s been a dramatic summer for Freddie Woodman. One minute he was going to Bournemouth on loan, the next he was making his Premier League debut.
Newcastle had a goalkeeper crisis this summer, with Martin Dubravka getting injured and Karl Darlow suffering from COVID.
That handed Woodman a huge opportunity. And on Sunday, he played in the Premier League for the first time in his career.
He even saved a penalty, but his debut ended in a 4-2 defeat. Despite conceding four, Woodman did alright, and was let down by the defenders in front of him.
But how long will he continue as Newcastle United’s number one goalkeeper?
Could Freddie Woodman still join Bournemouth?
Earlier in the summer, Woodman was on the brink of joining Championship side Bournemouth.
According to the Chronicle, the 24-year-old had a medical with the Cherries, but Newcastle cancelled the deal after Dubravka’s injury.
However, Woodman may still move down south this summer.
Bournemouth have just signed another goalkeeper, bringing in Orjan Nyland on a free.
However, according to journalist Kris Temple, the deal for Nyland doesn’t effect Bournemouth’s pursuit of Woodman. That suggests that they are still interested in signing him on loan.
When Woodman is allowed to leave depends on when Darlow returns. The 30-year-old has returned to training after being hospitalised by COVID.
While it was great to see Woodman experience Premier League football on Sunday, a loan move is the best thing for him.
At this stage in his career, he can’t afford to be sitting on the bench. Sadly, that’s what he would be doing at Newcastle if Darlow or Dubravka were fit right now.