Paul Robinson tipped goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to exit Newcastle United on a permanent basis as it is looking more and more likely that he’ll move on.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Tottenham goalkeeper revealed he didn’t think Woodman would want to be a No.2 after experiencing regular football at Swansea City.
It was recently reported that Newcastle have a big decision to make on the shot-stopper in the summer given how he is impressing on loan with the Swans.
Woodman’s contract is set to end in 2021 and neither the keeper or the club will want him to run into the final 12 months of his deal.
Robinson explained that with the Magpies having a top keeper like Martin Dubravka on the books, then Woodman wouldn’t be able to walk into the starting eleven upon returning.
When asked whether a decision needs to be made on Woodman given his contract expires in 2021 and his value is likely at an all-time high, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yeah, he’s not going to want to be No.2.
“He’s been away, got the experience of playing and got a taste of playing so he isn’t going to want to sit on the bench and be a No.2, which he will be due to the form of Dubravka.
“Dubravka is a top goalkeeper, and if/when he comes back to Newcastle he won’t go straight into the starting eleven, so that’s something for the manager and player to deal with.
“Whether he moves on or not…it’s looking more and more likely that he will.”
The 22-year-old has featured 27 times for the Swans this season and kept nine clean sheets while conceding 30 goals.
Woodman has been with the Magpies since joining them as a youngster in 2013 and the Englishman has made a total of four appearances for the senior side.
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