Pardew backs Newcastle United youngster Freddie Woodman to 'come through'

Alan Pardew believes that Newcastle United youngster Freddie Woodman can come through the cub's youth ranks.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has identified Freddie Woodman as the next player who will make the step-up to the first-team.

Already this season the likes of Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi, Rolando Aarons and Adam Armstrong have impressed for the Magpies' senior team after coming through the youth-ranks and Pardew feels there are plenty more who are ready to make the step-up.

He believes that Woodman is most likely to make the grade, though, and predicted the goalkeeper could be in his first-team thoughts in the near future. 

"We have Woodman in goal, who is going to come through, I think," he said to the Sunderland Echo.

Pardew feels that he is currently managing the strongest set of youngsters that have been at the club during his time.

It has been a while since the side have developed a truly exciting prospect, but a number appear to be coming through at the same time now and Pardew says that has been a major positive of the season so far.

"Without a shadow of a doubt this is the strongest group (of youngsters) I have had since I have been here," he said. 

The strength of Newcastle's up-and-coming stars was on display in midweek when their second-string toppled Manchester City in the League Cup.

Pardew fielded a second-string outfit against a strong City side, but the current Premier League champions never really threatened and the North-East outfit were fully worth their 2-0 victory.

It was their third win in succession and confidence is starting to grow at St. James' Park after a poor start to the campaign. 

The club's next game comes against a struggling Liverpool side this weekend and Pardew will be hoping to keep the positive feeling about the club, as they look to climb away from relegation trouble. 

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