Celtic must have chance to beat Everton and Arsenal to Freddie Woodman

Blackburn Rovers' Darragh Lenihan heads goalward under pressure from Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey and Freddie Woodman during the FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and...

Celtic, Everton and Arsenal have all reportedly sent scouts to watch Freddie Woodman this season.

Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman makes a save during the Newcastle United Training session at Carton House on July 13, 2018, in Kildare, Ireland.

According to a report from the Chronicle over the weekend, Celtic, Everton and Arsenal are amongst the sides to have sent scouts to watch Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman this season.

Woodman has long been considered one of the brightest prospects on the Magpies' books, having impressed out on loan and played a starring role in England's under-20 World Cup win in 2017, saving a penalty in the final.

 

However, it appears that his future may not lie at St James' Park. The Chronicle reports that he has one year left on his contract, and has a cluster of sides watching his development.

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Should the 22-year-old make it clear that he is not willing to sign a new deal with Newcastle if he is not going to get first-team football, then the Magpies will seriously have to think about selling the stopper this summer as the alternative could be losing him at the end of his contract 12 months later.

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic looks on during the Scottish Cup quarter final match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on March 02, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

And while joining another Premier League side will clearly be an attractive option for Woodman, perhaps the chance to head to Celtic should be his first-choice given the situations he would find himself in at Everton and Arsenal.

Both the Toffees and the Gunners have undisputed number one goalkeepers between the sticks right now. And with neither Jordan Pickford and Bernd Leno older than 27, Woodman could find himself no closer to first-team football.

Scott Bain is the current first-choice at Celtic. And while he has done well, there is arguably a better opportunity for Woodman to potentially secure that number one spot, especially as he would arrive with some experience of the Scottish Premiership.

Blackburn Rovers' Darragh Lenihan heads goalward under pressure from Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey and Freddie Woodman during the FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and...

Woodman is arguably not ready to demand an immediate first-team chance, but he is good enough to come into the side in the near future and perhaps ensure that none of his rivals at Parkhead get back into the team.

It remains to be seen if Celtic remain interested in Woodman and whether the goalkeeper does become available. But if he does, perhaps there is little reason for the Hoops to fear their Premier League competition given the reasons that he may consider Newcastle leaving over.

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