Freddie Woodman praises Newcastle’s academy, names four standout prospects

Freddie Woodman is one of many Newcastle youngsters currently in the England set-up.

The Magpies have a wealth of young talent progressing through their youth academy, and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has praised their work to the official FA website.

The young stopper said: “It’s great for the club. There are a lot of good young players from the U16s all the way up and I know the academy have worked really hard with the likes of me, Dan [Barlaser], Arma [Adam Armstrong] and Rolando [Aarons].

“It’s good recognition for the academy staff to have players on international duty and there is a lot more coming through. You look at the likes of Paul Woolston, who has just played for England at the U17s Euros, it is really good to see.”

The four names he references, as well as himself, are all on duty with the Three Lions this summer, across Under-17 to Under-21 level.

It is believed that this current crop of academy prospects are the best for a long tim at St James’ Park, and many wanted to see the likes of Adam Armstrong feature more frequently for the Magpies this season, whilst Rolando Aarons’ breakthrough campaign was ended early due to injury.

They are players who are meant to make an impact at club level in the coming years, and it is good to see them already playing consistently for England at youth level.

Newcastle have struggled in the youth department in recent seasons, but this new group have a real promise about them, as well as local ties to the Tyneside area.

After a number of years of mediocrity, there is a future that looks bright at St James’ Park, and if these youngsters can start to establish themselves in the coming seasons, there is a real belief that success can only be round the corner for bother England and Newcastle.

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