Plenty of clubs will be following Freddie Woodman’s situation when he returns to Newcastle United this summer.
That’s according to former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the goalkeeper’s future.
Woodman, 24, has spent the last two seasons on loan with Swansea and helped the club reach the Championship play-off final on Saturday.
The stopper has racked up 94 appearances for the Swans and, according to Football.London, Arsenal have registered their interest.
Hutton has been blown away by Woodman this season and claims he is ready to fight Martin Dubravka for Newcastle’s number one spot if he stays at the club.
“I think he’s been brilliant,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“Not just his saves, he knew his surroundings. How many times has he ran out and cleared the ball?
“He’s always the first one to react and to me, that’s the sign of a good goalkeeper.
“He’s made his mind up early and done what was necessary. Woodman has had an amazing season.
“Off the back of this, he seems to be saying ‘I’m ready now’. Ready to challenge Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow.
“It’s a difficult one for Steve Bruce but it’s a good headache. He’s only 24 and he’s still young but it’s going to be a good battle for them.
“After having such a good season and playing, he’ll want to continue that. So Newcastle have a big decision because there will be plenty of top clubs looking at him after his recent displays.”
Dubravka, 31, has recently regained his starting space from Karl Darlow.
The Slovakian made his 100th appearance for the Magpies against Sheffield United on Wednesday.