By Danny Wright

Freddie Woodman is eager to challenge for a place in the Newcastle first-team next season after winning the Under-20 World Cup with England this month.

The goalkeeping spot has proved to be a problem for Rafa Benitez in recent weeks, with the Chronicle reporting that the Magpies are struggling to sell Matz Sels to free up funds to sign Willy Caballero.

Karl Darlow and Tim Krul could find it hard to return to Benitez’s first team plans after the ex-Nottingham Forest man was dropped towards the end of the Championship season and the Dutchman being sent out on loan.

However Woodman, 20, thinks that he has shown his credentials to earn a spot in Benitez’s plans.

“Now I want to go back to Newcastle and impress. I have a right to challenge,” he said, as quoted by the Chronicle.

Woodman has never made a senior appearance for the Tynesiders, and like Krul, spent last season out on loan.

He enjoyed a good spell with Scottish Premiership outfit Kilmarnock after joining them in the January transfer window, making 15 appearances and keeping four clean sheets.

Benitez is expected to make some big changes over the summer after of his side’s return to the Premier League but seems to be having a major headache over his goalkeeping options as he aims to add another player to what is an already over-inflated position.

Woodman could be the answer though, as a product of the Toon academy, he would certainly be a breathe of fresh air in a side which is largely dominated by over-seas players.

In other Newcastle news, Paul Merson says where he think the Magpies should try to finish next season.

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