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Crystal Palace should bring Freddie Woodman back home and kickstart his career

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Crystal Palace should bring Freddie Woodman back home and kickstart his career

The Croydon-born stopper was initially in the academy at Selhurst Park.

Newcastle United’s young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has admitted his frustrations at the club this week. The England under-21 stopper has spoke about his lack of first-team action, after being refused a loan deal away from the club in the summer.

Woodman, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Aberdeen, is currently behind the likes of Martin Dubravka, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow in the pecking order at St James’ Park.

It is a real shame for an extremely talented goalkeeper. The winner of the Golden Glove at England’s successful Under-20 World Cup campaign of last summer, Newcastle have an exceptional talent simply being wasted at present and he should be out playing regular football in the Football League.

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 6:Newcastle United’s Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman (41) walks off the pitch during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St.James’ Park on January 6, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Woodman should no doubt be considering his long-term future at the club and one Premier League rival should definitely take notice.

Woodman actually started at the Crystal Palace academy. His father Andy Woodman was a former Palace stopper. When he headed to Newcastle to work as a coach, his son soon followed.


“I want to be playing – at the highest level I can.

“It’s not always the case, as other things get in the way of stuff. But I let other people deal with that.

 

“I just train hard and keep my standards high. That’s all I can do and what I am paid to do.”

– Freddie Woodman on his current situation


Palace are certainly in the right position to start considering a young goalkeeper. The current trio of first-choice keepers, Wayne Hennessey, Vicente Guatia and Julian Speroni, are all in their 30s.

Woodman, whose godfather is England manager Gareth Southgate, would be an excellent recruit for Palace. The Eagles could quickly begin start nurturing him for the number one position.

Considering that Newcastle appear to have less and less interest in doing the best for the 21-year-old, a move to Croydon would take Woodman home. It could also be what finally gives his career the kick it deserves.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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