By Kevin Phillips

1st Aug, 2021 | 7:58am

Phillips backs Woodman to be a 'superstar' after Newcastle update

Kevin Phillips claims Freddie Woodman could easily start the season as Newcastle United’s goalkeeper.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the Magpies’ current goalkeeper crisis.

Martin Dubravka is set to miss the start of the season after having foot surgery.

Second choice keeper Karl Darlow was also only recently released from hospital after suffering badly with COVID.

Woodman, 24, remains at Newcastle with Football Insider revealing on 18 July that Leeds had pulled the plug on singing Woodman, who is valued at £10million.

On 1st June, this site also revealed Celtic were among a cluster of clubs who are keen on signing the stopper.

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Phillips insists Woodman is capable of starting the season as Newcastle’s number one if called upon.

“Yeah, he could start, why not?” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Once again Steve Bruce is having to deal with injuries on the eve of a new season.

“I feel sorry for him. He’s never moaned about those injuries, he just gets on with it.

“If Woodman is handed that big opportunity I’m sure he’ll take it.

“Whether he can remain the number one for the full season remains to be seen.

“He’s good enough to cope with the pressure, it’s amazing in football, you see scenarios like this all the time.

“Players get injured and a replacement comes in and they can be a superstar.

“It could be a big season for him. It will be good for the Newcastle fans to have a hometown boy there too.”

Dubravka missed the start of last season and only regained his place from Darlow in March.

Woodman has spent the last two seasons on loan with Championship outfit Swansea City.

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