Why this 21-year-old Newcastle starlet could be a perfect addition for Sheffield United

Freddie Woodman
Freddie Woodman

It’s no secret Chris Wilder is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper this summer. Sheffield United had a solid No.1 last season in Jamal Blackman. However, his loan from Chelsea has ended and now the Blades are in dire need of a new keeper.

Simon Moore is a decent choice, but he’ll need competition. Sheffield also have 20-year old Jake Eastwood at hand, it must be noted that he is one for the future.

Hence, it comes as no surprise that recent reports have linked Wilder with a move for 21-year-old Newcastle United youngster Freddie Woodman. He has represented England at all youth levels, appearing 6 times for the U21 side since his debut in 2016.

However, he’s the fourth-choice goalie for the Magpies as of today, behind Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot.

Woodman is yet to play a game for Newcastle in the Premier League, but with so many experienced goalkeepers in the squad, it’s unlikely he’ll get a chance anytime soon.

And Sheffield could lure him with the promise of regular game time. For a youngster like him, it is important to play often to develop further. A loan deal with Sheffield will undoubtedly work wonders for all parties involved.

The bad news for the Blades is they’re facing strong competition for his signature. Norwich are in the fray, following Angus Gunn’s departure.

But as far as the player is concerned, what would be best for him?

Well, Woodman has already shined in the League Two and the Scottish Premiership, having played for the likes of Crawley, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen. However, given the circumstances, a move to the Championship might be a better option for the shot-stopper.

Sheffield United, as well as Norwich, will be keen on breaking into the top-six in the upcoming season. Woodman’s work will be tough but the experience will go a long way in helping him reach his true potential.

The goalkeeper has just returned after winning the Toulon Tournament with the Young Lions. For his relatively young age, he’s quite decorated and has proven to be reliable.

Sheffield United, on the other hand, are a team that has a history with younger goalkeepers. Just look at Blackman, George Long, George Willi and even Mark Bunn, if you wish.

So, Freddie Woodman and Sheffield United? Seems like a perfect match!

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