Freddie Woodman is probably Newcastle’s top young player at the moment who is quickly coming through the ranks and he had a great tournament in helping the England U20 side win the U20 World Cup for the first time ever in south Korea earlier this month.
And Freddie of course was the star man for England in the final, making several outstanding saves in the second half as Venezuela came on strong and it ended up with Freddie brilliantly saving a penalty with just 15 minutes to go to preserve the England 1-0 victory.
It was only the second world title England have ever won, following the 1966 World Cup win at Wembley when we took West Germany apart 4-2 after extra time.
A good shot of Freddie Woodman with U20 World Cup Trophy
Woodman has been given a lot of credit for his displays for England and he a very ambitious lad who is now looking forward to returning to Newcastle for pre-season training in two weeks time.
The 20 year-old has been interviewed in the Mail and he is keen to keep a check on his emotions and not get too carried away with things after England’s great win:
“You can get lost in the emotions of the game and too caught up in it.”
“It means so much, to see the guys we’ve all grown up watching. I see Joe Hart as a role model.”
“I watch him and try to pick things from his game. I got a nice message from Jack Butland congratulating me. I also got one from Tom Heaton.”
“We have just spent five weeks together and we have won the World Cup together. We’re one big happy family.”
“Now I want to go back to Newcastle and impress. I have a right to challenge.”
“That is being felt by all the squad, that they deserve to be in the Premier League.”
It’s almost certain that Freddie will go out loan for next season and probably to a Championship club.
And there should be no shortage of offers for the young goalkeeper, as he keeps learning his trade and also keeps his feet firmly on the ground.
In one or two years time we expect Woodman to be challenging strongly for the first team jersey on Tyneside and he’s likely to become the number one for many years to come.
What do you think?