Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy heaps praise on 17-year-old teammate

#21 Goalkeeper John Ruddy of Wolverhampton Wanderers warms up before the game during the Uhrencup 2018 on July 10, 2018 at the Tissot Arena in Biel, Switzerland.

Wolves are currently in Switzerland undergoing a training camp ahead of the new season.

#21 Goalkeeper John Ruddy of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Uhrencup 2018 on July 10, 2018 at the Tissot Arena in Biel, Switzerland.

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper John Ruddy has told the Express & Star that he has been impressed with Wolves' "brilliant" 17-year-old goalkeeper Andreas Sondergaard, and reckons he has a "big future" in store.

Ruddy, 31, is likely to be dropped by manager Nuno Espirito Santo into the role as back-up goalkeeper after the Midlands giants signed Portugal star Rui Patricio from Sporting Lisbon.

The former Norwich City goalkeeper enjoyed an excellent season as Wolves gained promotion as champions, keeping 24 clean sheets in 45 Championship outings - conceding only 36 goals.

But Ruddy is likely to drop to the bench, and he may find even more competition in the form of Sondergaard, who has impressed during Wolves' training camp in Switzerland. 

"He's been brilliant. He's settled in really well with the group we've got, he's taken on Rui's (Barbosa, goalkeeping coach) ideas really well," Ruddy said. "He's learning quick and enjoying it. He's a good kid, easy to talk to, he speaks really good English.

"He's fantastically agile for a young lad. His distribution's very good and as most keeper's his shot-shopping is exceptional as well. That's the feedback the outfield lads have given to him as well in the short time he's been here.

"He's looking sharp and his reflexes are good so if he keeps learning he's got a big future ahead."

The Denmark Under-17 international joined Wolves earlier this year in January from Odense, and has since appeared three times in the Under-18 Premier League - as well as making one appearance in Premier League 2.

He is likely to be considered fourth choice behind Ruddy and Will Norris, but with the futures of both Ruddy and Norris likely to be up in the air, Sondergaard could begin to stake his claim in the reserve side.

#21 Goalkeeper John Ruddy of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Uhrencup 2018 on July 10, 2018 at the Tissot Arena in Biel, Switzerland.

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