By Russell Edge

13th Dec, 2017 | 8:09pm

Leeds must resolve problem position by signing PL youth international set for January exit


Leeds United could solve their problems between the sticks by making a move for Newcastle United’s young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in January.

The England under-21 shot stopper, who was given the golden glove award for best goalkeeper during the Three Lions’ under-20 World Cup winning campaign, looks set for the exit from St James’ Park in the upcoming window.

The Chronicle have claimed on their website that the 20-year-old, who is yet to make a senior appearance for the Magpies, will be shipped out on loan to earn experience as manager Rafael Benitez searches for another senior goalkeeper for the first team.

He impressed during the latter half of last season while on loan to Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, and he should be exactly what Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen is looking for in the new year.

The Whites did see both former Wolves stopper Andy Lonergan and German keeper Felix Wiedwald arrive at the club over summer, but both have failed to impress when handed the opportunity to start between the sticks, leaving the goalkeepers spot as a problem position for the manager.

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Mistakes have been commonplace this season for Leeds, most recently from Wiedwald against Queens Park Rangers to hand them a goal, and they need a reliable and talented figure if they are going to push on.

Woodman has proven himself for both club and country and with a loan spell made available, there is little risk to securing his signing.

As such, Christiansen should definitely make a swoop to sort out his problems at the back, in a move which suits all parties.

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