Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has left the door open on young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman leaving on loan in January despite having the club having kept him on as their third choice this season.
The youngster, who is a graduate of the Magpies’ youth system, made his senior debut for the club in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Luton Town on Saturday, having established himself as a top prospect for both club and country.
He spent the second half of last season out on loan to Scottish top flight side Kilmarnock, but has found himself acting as understudy to both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow during the current campaign, with manager Rafael Benitez widely reported to be in the market for a new shot stopper.
Speaking of his plans for Woodman, the Spanish boss was unwilling to commit to making a final decision, hinting that he would remain with Newcastle unless there was any changes in the playing personal at St James’ Park.
He told the Telegraph: “He needs to enjoy this moment because we have won and he was part of it.
“After that we will decide what is best for him and the club. We have to be professional and I’ve spoken with his agent, they know the situation.”
Woodman rose to national fame over the summer as he played a crucial role in England under-20s World Cup winning campaign, saving a penalty in the final and being awarded the golden glove hnour for best goalkeeper.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, a top flight club have opened talks about signing a Magpies fans’ favourite.
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