Eddie Howe hints at loan release in January with Newcastle side still overloaded with goalkeepers


Eddie Howe has said he intends to “assess” the size of his squad in January after inheriting a roster containing four registered goalkeepers.

It may seem like ages ago, but in August Steve Bruce said he was forced to make the decision to include Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie in his squad due to injuries.

It meant Woodman’s loan to AFC Bournemouth was canceled as the player prepared to fly to Spain pre-season with the Cherries before losing his place at the start of the campaign to Newcastle.

Asked about goalies, Howe said: “In terms of goalies, we have a really talented group of goalies.

“It’s a shame the two experienced goalkeepers were injured.

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“And that probably meant that the opportunities for one of the younger ones to be loaned out were then potentially stopped.

“This is something that we will be evaluating in January because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s development.”

The new United boss has already changed keepers once in his first three games, appointing Dubravka in the starting lineup against Arsenal in the 2-0 defeat.

However, Dubravka’s decision making was questioned by experts against Norwich in the 1-1 draw when he failed to hold a cross to allow Teemu Pukki to equalize at home.

However, without the Slovak international’s last breath in the final stoppage time, Newcastle could have come out with nothing.


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