Date: 1st August 2019 at 8:53am
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Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is heading to Swansea City on loan, according to Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder. 

The local outlet had claimed that both Celtic and Arsenal were interested in the 22-year-old, but it is understood that a deal has been reached with the Championship side instead.

The 6’2″ stopper [Transfermarkt] made three appearances for the Magpies last season, all coming in the FA Cup.

Ryder announced the news via his personal Twitter account.

OPINION

This is a move that makes sense for all parties involved. It might be flattering to hear that the likes of Arsenal and Celtic are interested in signing you, but at the end of the day, for a player in Woodman’s position, he needs minutes. He should get them at Swansea. The 22-year-old is of an age now where he is facing a sink or swim dichotomy. If he doesn’t start impressing soon, then he will surely have to find a new club permanently. In some respects, you have to feel sorry for him. Martin Dubravka has been imperious since signing for the Toon Army last year, making 121 saves in 50 league appearances and keeping 15 clean sheets in a pretty poor Newcastle side [Premier League]. But Woodman is at a point in his career where he needs to be pushing the big Slovakian harder for a starting role. A year in the Championship is the ideal opportunity o come back ready to do just that.