Steve Bruce reportedly set to drop Freddie Woodman for 'must win' clash against Leeds United

By Matty Hewitt

Steve Bruce looks set to remove Freddie Woodman from the sticks for Newcastle's game against Leeds, according to the latest reports.

The Mirror's Tuesday edition (p51) claims that Woodman will make way for Karl Darlow on Friday night as both sides go in search of their first win of the Premier League season.

Woodman accepted some of the blame during Newcastle's 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford this weekend as Cristiano Ronaldo marked his Man United homecoming with two goals.

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Speaking after the Man United defeat on Instagram, Woodman said: "Tough day at the office yesterday.

"Never been one to avoid responsibility, hold my hands up, wasn’t good enough. Life of a goalkeeper.

"Important now to learn and react in the right way."

The 24-year-old has endured a baptism of fire as the Magpies have shipped 12 goals in the opening four games of the season.

Prior to this weekend's game, Woodman hadn't done himself a disservice in goal as he attempted to put himself in Bruce's immediate plans.

However, with Darlow now back in training after he was hospitalised with Covid-19, the Magpies boss looks set to reintroduce the former Nottingham Forest keeper.

The goalkeeping situation is similar to last season when Bruce made the call to drop Darlow after the loss at Manchester United.

Back then Darlow - who discovered he'd been axed via the media - was replaced by Martin Dubravka.

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