Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman is one of the most highly rated young players in England.
Woodman is exceptionally well regarded in English youth football, but the youth international has yet to play a senior competitive game for Newcastle’s first-team.
However, he has been brought back to St James’ Park in the recent days to claim a first-team spot, following the long-term injury to Tim Krul, and the existing absence of Karl Darlow.
Woodman, 18, is now vying with Rob Elliot for the starting goalkeeper role for the Magpies, and it could be the perfect time for the young stopper to get his first taste of first-team football.
He is out of contract at the end of this season, and a report in the Chronicle has claimed that both Crystal Palace and Southampton want to sign him, offering a route into the first-team world of Premier League football.
So far in his short career, first-team football has looked unlikely with the Magpies, and there was always the sense that Woodman would look for a move if he could be guaranteed a better development path.
However, he has now been gifted the opportunity to fight for a Premier League role, and if he can impress over Elliot - which should not be too hard - Woodman will start a long career as a top flight stopper.
If he gets these chances to impress, Woodman is sure to sign a new contract with the Magpies rather than looking for a move away, knowing that he is in the future plans of Steve McClaren, guaranteeing Newcastle's future ownership of a great goalkeeper.