Newcastle’s Top Youngster – Rafa Has Been Brilliant For Me

Freddie Woodman is one the best young players at Newcastle and we look forward to seeing the 20 year-old develop into one of the top goalkeepers in England and at Newcastle of course.

He’s already played for the U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 England Youth sides and made 42 total appearances so far in England colors – so he’s certainly one to watch for on the future.

Freddie has had to be patient over the last couple of years after he was withdrawn from his loan spell at Crawley Town in 2015 (12 appearances) after Tim Krul was injured in October of that year.

Freddie Woodman at Kilmarnock

But he finally has gone out on loan again at Kilmarnock, where he’s played 9 times so far and has been getting excellent reviews north of the border.

It turns out that Rafa Benitez keeps in touch with Freddie via texts as he follows his progress in the Scottish Premiership.

This is what Freddie has said in the Sunday Herald about the Newcastle manager:

“I stay in contact with him quite a lot, and also with the other lads down there.” “They’re always asking after me and it’s a good thing.”

“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.”

“But I know that what I’m doing now matters, and Rafa said to me before I went away that I’d need to get loan games and more experience, and ultimately play men’s football.”

“I feel like I’m doing that now and once I go back I can say I’ve done it, and maybe push for No 1.”

“Rafa was brilliant for me when he first came in to Newcastle.”

“As a young goalkeeper, I didn’t think he’d take much interest in me but he talked to me all the time about the keepers he’s had, such as Pepe Reina and Keylor Navas at Real Madrid.”

“Even in training, his attention to detail is the best I’ve ever seen in the game.”

“He watches every single bit of movement a goalkeeper makes and every decision a goalkeeper makes.”

“Rafa always wants to improve and learn new things, and it’s amazing I can get that sort of knowledge from a man like him.”

“He is a Champions League winner and he’s won things at every club he has been at.” “Hopefully this year Newcastle will win the Championship – I feel that they will do it.”

“It’s actually quite surreal to tell your mates that Rafa Benitez is texting you and keeping tabs on you.”

The future for Freddie is probably a season out on loan next season at a Championship club, where he can get some good experience.

And then maybe after that he can fight seriously to become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper.

Certainly he’s got the skills, attitude and temperament to become Newcastle’s first choice goalkeeper, there’s no doubt about that.

What do you think?

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