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Noel Whelan has compared Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to Leeds United’s Kiko Casilla after his performance with loan side Swansea City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and Championship expert says that the 22-year-old shot-stopper was not tested often enough at Elland Road during the 1-0 win for the Swans but that he still had a couple of nervy moments.

Leeds had 21 shots in their defeat, three of those on target and forcing Woodman into making a save.

Whelan says that while he was not tested to his full potential, Woodman reminded him of opposite number Casilla in the way he liked to play with the ball at his feet.

Whelan told Football Insider: “To be honest we didn’t really test him enough. The chances we actually made didn’t actually make him work.

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“We’ve not seen him at his best because we’ve not made him make saves. He seems very much like Casilla, he’s a player at the back who likes to start things off, he takes risks in playing the ball out the defender. 

“Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it’s very dangerous and heart in the mouth sort of time.” 

Woodman joined Swansea on a temporary deal for the season after penning a contract extension at St James’ Park, having become the Magpies’ third-choice shot-stopper behind Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow.

He has played every minute of Swansea’s Championship campaign to date, keeping three clean sheets in six appearances, all but one, which ended in a draw, resulting in victory.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that the Magpies could not afford to lose one player crucial to their survival hopes this summer.