Freddie Woodman has always been seen as a talented prospect who could go on to great things in the game, and Newcastle have yet to tie him down to a long-term deal.
He has struggled for game time on Tyneside, particularly with the form of Martin Dubravka, which led to a stand-off between Woodman and Newcastle, meaning he did not get a loan deal last season.
But this summer saw him sign a one-year extension, before being loaned to Championship side Swansea, where he is playing exceptionally well.
The Daily Star suggested an overhaul of the Newcastle squad could be in the offing next summer, and if Woodman’s brilliant form continues, there is an argument that Dubravka should be sold, with the youngster assuming the number one role at St James’ Park.
Woodman’s form has led to Gareth Southgate name-checking him in the conversation about future competition for the England goalkeeping position.
Bright future for Freddie Woodman? 🦁
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) August 30, 2019
If Woodman is called up to the senior national squad at some stage this season, it could add to the argument that he should play regularly next season.
Could Newcastle sell Dubravka and install Woodman as number one?
Following his successful loan spell, Newcastle signed Dubravka on a permanent deal in June 2018 for a bargain £4 million.
With the emergence of Woodman, they could sell the Slovakian international for a big fee, and make a huge profit, that could be used to add to the transfer kitty.
That would hopefully entice Woodman to commit his long-term future to the Magpies, and we could end up with an England international between the posts for years to come.
Of course, there is a counter argument to say Woodman is still young, and may not be ready for a regular starting spot in the Premier League.
Also, Dubravka is idolised by fans, and he has rarely let Newcastle down, so there could be an option of giving Woodman another year outside the Premier League to continue his education.
But the old saying ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ could ring true for Woodman, and if he believes he is ready, he may not want to sign a long-term contract to go out on loan again.
They must offer him an incentive to stay, and making him number one goalkeeper would surely be it.