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How Freddie Woodman could get his first chance to become Newcastle United's number one goalkeeper - opinion

Freddie Woodman has always looked destined to become Newcastle United’s number one goalkeeper.

The question has never been ‘can he be number one’, rather ‘when will he be number one’.

Opportunities have been limited at Newcastle. For all our problems, we are somewhat blessed in the goalkeeping department.

Martin Dubravka is a top class keeper, and has been number one since he arrived in January 2018. Meanwhile, Karl Darlow proved last season that he is more than up to the task of being a top flight goalkeeper.


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At 24-years-old, Woodman is yet to make his Premier League debut for the Magpies.

He’s had multiple loan spells away from St James’ Park, playing for Hartlepool, Crawley, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.

However, it’s been the past two seasons at Swansea where Woodman has began to excel.

Last season he narrowly missed out on promotion with the Swans, losing in the playoff final. He enjoyed a great personal season, however, winning the Championship Golden Glove.

Now he’s back at Newcastle, despite reportedly being set to return to the Championship with Bournemouth.

Much to the frustration of Woodman, he’s been forced to stay with the Magpies due to a goalkeeping crisis.

However, this crisis might give him the chance to become a fully fledged Premier League goalkeeper.

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Is now the time for Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman?

It was recently reported that Dubravka will miss the start of the season due to an ankle injury.

Just like last season, it seemed certain that Darlow would begin the new campaign as the club’s first choice stopper.

However, that may no longer be the case.

Sadly for Darlow, he recently tested positive for COVID. His symptoms were so bad he was actually hospitalised.

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Fortunately, the 30-year-old is now out of hospital, and on the road to recovery.

However, there is no guarantee he will be ready for the season opener against West Ham on August 15th.

That means Woodman could be in line to make his Premier League debut. It will be between him and Mark Gillespie, the 29-year-old who also hasn’t made a Premier League appearance in his career.

Woodman seems the more likely to start, and if he plays well he could truly establish himself as Newcastle’s number one.

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At some point in time, we are going to have to take a risk and give Woodman the chance he needs. Otherwise he’ll go elsewhere to get it and inevitably prove us wrong.

Injury to Dubravka and COVID issues with Darlow could give Woodman his first real chance of becoming Newcastle’s number one.

Will he take it? That’s up to him.

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