It looks like 20 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has a great future ahead of him and he has already played 42 times for the various England youth sides through U21 level.
He is the son of former Newcastle goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman and he has come along very well through the Newcastle Youth Academy and the Newcastle Reserve side since joining us from Crystal Palace in 2013 as a 16 year-old.
Freddie is on loan at the moment at Kilmarnock where he is playing well and getting some rave reviews north of the border.
Freddie Woodman in action for the England U19 side
And Freddie doesn’t think small and he has some big goals already set out for his career in football.
This is some of what he said in his interview with the Sunday Herald:
“Everyone keeps reminding me that the England manager Gareth Southgate is my godfather, but we have a strictly professional relationship.”
“My long-term aim is definitely to be the first-choice keeper at Newcastle one day.” “I set a lot of goals and that’s one of them.”
“One of my goals is to play for England’s senior team one day. That’s the big aim.”
“I’ve played in every age group up to the U-21s, so the next progression is to the seniors.”
“I know you don’t just walk into that squad, however.”
“You have to play in the Premier League and perform to a consistently high standard, but that’s got to be the motivation.”
Tim Krul will be returning to Newcastle in the summer and we will then have four senior goalkeepers – Krul, Darlow, Elliot and Sels and one will be sold or sent on loan.
It could be that Sels will be sent out on loan but Rafa may want to sell one of his four senior goalkeepers this summer.
Expect Freddie to get a season-long loan next season to get some experience at the top level as he hones his skills to become the Newcastle number one goalkeeper – maybe sooner than we think?
The 20 year-old is certainly an exciting prospect.