Newcastle United teenager Freddie Woodman has explained to the Northern Echo why he feels the club are perfect for him.
Woodman has been drafted into the fringes of the first team squad in recent matches and he’s cited several names from the past as reasons to believe he can get a shot in the first team.
“I looked at the goalkeepers before and how they had been brought through,” said Woodman.
“The likes of Steve Harper, Fraser Forster and Tim (Krul), and I thought to myself this club would be the best chance for me to get into the Premier League as quickly as possible.”
Woodman definitely has talent. He was superb in the FA Youth Cup win against Sunderland and kept his composure when the tie against Newcastle’s local rivals went to penalties.
However, for John Carver to consider using him in his first team would be a big risk as things stand.
There’s no reason he can’t get a first team chance in the future, but there are problems with Carver using him right now.
Physically, he’s underdeveloped and wouldn’t be able to dominate his penalty area in the same way as Tim Krul.
One of the main jobs for a goalkeeper is to come and take the pressure away from his defence and they need to be strong to dominate at set pieces.
He’d also be a target for any team that Newcastle play. The fact he’s a youngster and physically less imposing means opposition sides could choose to target him. They could put men around him at corners and try to bully him.
He appears to have all the tools to become Newcastle’s number one, but it’s not going to happen as quickly as he may hope.