Freddie Woodman confirms he will be second choice goalkeeper for Newcastle

Newcastle youngster Woodman may be forced into playing due to Tim Krul’s injury.

Woodman may be thrown into first-team action due to the long-term injury to Tim Krul, but he has told the official Newcastle website that he knows he will be number two behind Rob Elliot in the starting role.

The 18-year-old said: “I know I'll be number two [at Newcastle] but now after the experience I've gained, if a chance does come along and the gaffer needs me in the starting eleven, I'll be doing my very best to take it and show what I can do.”

Woodman certainly sounds confident in his own abilities to play in the top flight despite his young age, but he has confirmed that he is aware he will only be on the substitutes bench.

Rob Elliot is the stopper who will start in goal for Steve McClaren’s side when the Premier League returns this weekend, with the normal third choice taking the starting gloves due to Tim Krul’s long-term injury, and Karl Darlow’s shorter-term spell on the sidelines.

Elliot certainly has more experience of top flight football, and choosing him seems a wise move from McClaren, but it is hard to suggest that choosing Elliot will improve the confidence in the Magpies squad.

He may more experienced that Woodman, but there are serious doubts about his ability, and some would probably suggest that the youngster has done more in his short career to deserve a starting spot than Elliot.

Despite Elliot taking the starting role, if his poor performances continue in the Premier League, it would be no surprise to see him dropped for Woodman within a few weeks anyway - with the youngster hoping to take his chance with the Magpies.

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