Martin Dubravka has made a fine start to life at Newcastle, prompting fans to already call for the club to make his loan move permanent.

Having starred in the 1-0 victory over Manchester United on his debut, the Slovakian again impressed at Bournemouth until the team-mates in front of him crumbled with 10 minutes remaining.

Dubravka, unlike Matz Sels, looks like an insipired goalkeeper signing; but what does this mean for Freddie Woodman?

England Under-21 international Woodman made his Newcastle first team debut a couple of weeks prior to Dubravka’s arrival, departing on loan to Aberdeen when the new man came in.

That was a move that was entirely necessary for the 20-year-old, who needs experience and is perhaps not quite ready to be thrown into a relegation fight.

But Woodman may well be hoping to challenge for the number one spot come the summer and, assuming Dubravka is still on Tyneside, his route to the first team could now be blocked off.

Of course, Woodman could grow under the pressure of competition – that would be Rafa Benitez’s hope – but he could equally be understandably frustrated by the arrival of a 29-year-old top international.

Even as Dubravka has plenty of time to run on his career, Woodman is the future – for both Newcastle and England.

It is crucial that whatever Newcastle do this summer, and signing Dubravka looks like a good option regardless, there is a plan put in place to ensure Woodman is protected.

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