It is unclear what the future holds for Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
The youngster is extremely talented, and seems destined for a career as a Premier League number one.
But how much longer will he be willing to wait for that opportunity?
The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons at Swansea on loan, narrowly missing out on promotion on both occasions.
In 2020 they were beaten in the playoff semis by Brentford, then a year later they lost to the Bees again – but this time it was in the final.
Despite ending in disappointment, Woodman had an incredible season.
He won the Championship Golden Glove, recording 22 clean sheets in all competitions.
Woodman has had a great time in Wales, and has clearly improved as a goalkeeper.
He’s even admitted that he’d be willing to return to the Liberty Stadium.
“I think everyone knows I’d love to come back [to Swansea],” Woodman told BBC Sport.
Meanwhile, he is also reportedly a target for Celtic.
So where will Woodman be next season?
Should Newcastle sell, loan or keep Freddie Woodman?
It feels highly unlikely that Woodman will remain at Newcastle next season.
Martin Dubravka is the club’s number one, and already has strong competition from Karl Darlow.
If Woodman remained, he would likely be battling just to get on the bench.
The big question is whether he leaves permanently or temporarily.
Letting him leave for good would be a mistake.
Woodman is immensely talented, and can be our number one in the next few years. But it would be harsh on Dubravka to axe him in favour of Woodman next season.
While the money we would receive for Woodman would help us in the short term, it would end up being a costly mistake in the future.
Another loan move seems much more plausible. But that begs the question: Where does he go?
Swansea for a third season feels logical. However, you then run the risk of Woodman wanting to stay there permanently.
He needs a chance in the Premier League, which is why it was disappointing to see the Swans beaten in the playoff final.
A Premier League loan move would be difficult, as any club he joins is likely going to be a relegation rival for the Magpies. Newcastle would have severe egg on their face if Woodman kept his new side up while we suffered relegation.
It’s a risk, but a loan move to Swansea seems like the best option. However, Woodman must be given assurances of first-team minutes at Newcastle in 2022.