Woodman Sr, who brought his son to Newcastle United four years ago, has landed a new role at Arsenal.
If it wasn’t for his dad, Andy, Freddie Woodman probably wouldn’t be a Newcastle United player today.
Woodman Jr had been on the books of Crystal Palace until his old man’s team came calling in 2013.
The 20-year-old is still awaiting his senior Magpies debut, but has already been capped by England’s Under-21s and is regarded as a future number 1 at St James’ Park, The Chronicle claimed recently.
Nevertheless, with Rafa Benitez, the Newcastle manager, looking to add to his options between the sticks, as reported by The Shields Gazette earlier this month, Woodman may have to wait a little bit longer for that.
A new number 1 is anticipated this coming campaign, and even though Tim Krul could follow Mats Selz out of Newcastle in the near future, Woodman would still have displace Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow before getting a shot at the new guy.
The Londoner will perhaps wonder if he’d face similar problems at Arsenal, where his dad was hired as a goalkeeping coach on Thursday. And it’s highly likely that the answer would be: no.
Based on last season’s form, Petr Cech’s days at the top are numbered, while David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny – exiled for the past two seasons anyway – are both wanted overseas, according to Goal. The career of Emiliano Martinez hasn’t really progressed, either.
Woodman Sr will surely be aware of the above. And one wouldn’t put it past the 45-year-old passing on his son’s name to the Emirates Stadium powers-that-be this summer.
It’s unlikely that Arsenal would require much persuasion given Woodman Jr’s blossoming reputation, while the Newcastle youngster would no doubt be tempted by the prospect of a return south – and a reunion with his old man – if nothing else.
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