Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given has said that young shot stopper Freddie Woodman must be shipped out on loan in January to build up his experience.
The 20-year-old, who is a graduate of the Magpies’ youth system, is on the fringes of the first team squad, having appeared on the bench at various times this season, although he is still yet to make his senior debut.
With Republic of Ireland international Rob Elliot and current first choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who made a disastrous error to hand Everton victory on Wednesday, ahead of him in the pecking order, Given has said that a January loan must be on the cards in order to give him the first team action needed to build up his ability.
The Newcastle icon, who made the claim that Woodman is set to have a huge future for both club and country, told betting agency BetStars: “He’s been out on loan a couple of times, he just needs to bide his time and I think the long-term future of Newcastle United will be Freddie Woodman.
“He’s got that big future ahead of him and he’ll be pushing hard for that England spot in a few years.
“For now, he needs to keep his head down and get another loan deal somewhere and get some more experience and he’ll be ready for the Premier League.”
Woodman did spend time out on loan in the latter half of last season, turning out 15 times for Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, while he has also spent time with Crawley Town.
He was a hero in the England under-20 side’s World Cup winning campaign over the summer, saving a penalty in the final and was awarded the golden glove for best goalkeeper across the tournament.
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