Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has been in the news this week. As reported by The Chronicle, the talented young goalkeeper is becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities at Newcastle and at not being allowed out on loan from the club.
The 22-year-old is said to be desperate for a chance to play regular football next season and Newcastle might have a battle keeping hold of him.
This summer he will be hoping to shine for his country. Woodman has been included in the England under-21 squad for the upcoming European Championships. He will join both Angus Gunn and Dean Henderson as goalkeepers for the competition and faces a fight on his hands to be number one.
But one man who is backing him to do his best for his country is Newcastle United’s head of goalkeeping Simon Smith.
He took to Twitter to highlight just how hard Woodman has been working this season to improve his game.
Freddie has worked unbelievably hard at his game this season…definitely ‘ready’ if selected…good luck ! https://t.co/9NLvxzdWua
— simon smith (@simonsmithgk) May 28, 2019
For Woodman, the under-21s will be a joy but could also add to his frustrations. Two years ago Woodman won the Golden Glove as England’s under-20s won the World Cup. He was firmly ahead of Henderson at that time but now looks like the third-choice for his country. Both Henderson and Gunn have played regularly this season and his struggle for first-team football may be impacting on his under-21 hopes.
It proves to be an interesting summer for the Newcastle youngster, who may have a tough decision to make about his future.