Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is a top prospect at St James’ Park, but he has reportedly grown frustrated.
According to the Chronicle, the 22-year-old has grown “increasingly frustrated” about his lack of first-team chances.
The report details that manager Rafael Benitez rates the England Under-21 international, but feels he needs more senior experience elsewhere before challenging.
With the shot-stopper entering the final year of his contract, Newcastle need to make sure they get it right with him and keep him for the long-term.
Woodman has had loan spells in the past, but none have gone completely perfect and they need to try emulate the success that Sean Longstaff had at Blackpool.
Longstaff had the entire 2017/18 campaign with Blackpool where he was an ever-present in the side and made huge improvements to his game.
He made his senior breakthrough this season at Newcastle and is a great example of how the loan system works.
Woodman has had loans at the likes of Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Crawley Town and Hartlepool United.
But the colossus goalkeeper has never had a full season as a number one option at one club and that may be why he’s not ready to challenge Martin Dubravka at Newcastle.
He can’t sit around as a third-choice option next year like he has this season, so a loan has to be fixed and it has to be somewhere where he’s guaranteed the number one spot.