Newcastle United fans were left scratching their heads on social media after hot goalkeeping prospect Freddie Woodman made his debut for the club in their 3-1 FA Cup win over Luton Town on Saturday.
The Magpies scored all their goals in a nine-minute spell in the first half at St James’ Park, and although the League Two leaders threatened to mount what would have been an astonishing comeback with a goal four minutes after the half time break, the home side held on to progress to the fourth round.
Manager Rafael Benitez named a strong starting XI to take on Luton, although it did include a very first start for 20-year-old shot stopper Woodman, who is a graduate of Newcastle’s youth system.
Said to be highly rated by insiders at the club, fans turned to Twitter to react to his first appearance for the senior side, but they were left wanting more, stating that his performance reflected his lack of first team experience.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Unimpressed. Needs a year on loan.
— DG (@DavidJG80) January 6, 2018
Looked suspect under pressure
— Ali Brown (@1121alex91) January 6, 2018
Not great at all. Had very little to do and made more than one mistake, one of which cost a goal. I want him to succeed but he's far from ready for first team football. Needs a championship loan.
— Jack Evans (@JackOssieEvans) January 6, 2018
Dropped a couple of clangers and looked shaky at times. Didn’t really have much to do in terms of saves so hard to tell. Kicking was OK but we passed it back to him far too much TBF which didn’t help.
— Sean (@sehol) January 6, 2018
Understandably nervous and clearly instructed to pass out from the back rather than kick. Didn’t have much to do but for their FK that hit the bar, he just looked so small in the goal which didn’t fill you with confidence. Will improve though.
— Scott (@ScottBarclay6) January 6, 2018
Not great to be honest imo Just not ready yet, needs a season or two in Championship playing as a no1 if possible
— J Bro (@Magsie66) January 6, 2018
He wasn’t great to be honest. Hopefully first game nerves. Could probably do with going out on loan if it wasn’t for our ‘keeper situation.
— Stephen Moy (@moymadethis) January 6, 2018
Woodman was an under-20 World Cup winner with England last summer, picking up the golden glove award for best goalkeeper after his impressive performances, which included making a penalty save in the final.
Newcastle’s next match sees them take on a struggling Swansea side at St James’ Park on Saturday, the Swans having drawn 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in their FA Cup tie.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club have held talks over securing the return of a former attacking star.