Newcastle United youth coach Peter Beardsley has said it could be years before a talented youngster gets a chance in the first team.
Beardsley is full of admiration for the 18-year-old shot stopper, but suggests he’s got a huge task to force his way in front of Tim Krul in the Newcastle pecking order.
“I wouldn’t say he’s starting to shine – he’s always shone. From day one,” said Beardsley.
“It could be three, four or five years before he plays in the first team though.”
“He’s in the real world and when you have Tim Krul, Freddie is a little bit behind Tim.”
The worry that Beardsley and several fans may have is whether Woodman will have the patience to stay at the club and waits for his chance.
He clearly has a lot of talent and finding a good goalkeeper, who boasts longevity is a challenge for clubs all over the country.
It will be interesting to see whether he has that quality of patience and what the club does if a side makes a big bid to try and sign him.
Krul is a perfect role model for him to aspire to and attempt to replace.
The Dutchman has bags of Premier League experience and has also played to a very high level with the Netherlands.
He’s a good figure for the club to use to make Woodman a more complete and all-round shot stopper and he’s the obvious replacement for Krul in the future.
Fingers crossed for the Magpies that he doesn’t get swayed by another club.