An update has emerged on Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, regarding Leeds’ interest in his services.
What’s the talk?
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is one of the names on Leeds’ list of targets to replace Kiko Casilla, who returned to Spain earlier this week with Elche.
Victor Orta wants to bring in a back up to Illan Meslier as quickly as possible and Woodman is being looked at as a possible arrival.
Would Woodman be a good signing?
Fans would love him
Leeds fans would love to have Woodman at Elland Road as he is a young, hungry, goalkeeper who could come in and provide Meslier with real competition for his place.
The Newcastle stopper has shown his class at Championship level in recent seasons whilst on loan at Swansea and he could be eager to make his mark in the Premier League.
This highlights his consistency and reliability at the Championship level, suggesting that he has the potential to be a solid back-up option to Leeds’ French starlet. Meslier having a goalkeeper who can seriously challenge him for his place could also motivate him to up his own game.
Both players would be fighting it out to land the number one jersey and this could lead to them both working harder in training to make sure they are 100% ready to take their chance when it comes.
Former Kilmarnock boss Lee Clarke heaped praise on the talented shot-stopper. He lauded him as “outstanding” and highlighted his communication and distribution as key strengths in his game.
“I knew he was an outstanding young keeper and had all the attributes. The tough thing was I had an experienced goalkeeper in Jamie MacDonald in the team — that was causing one or two issues in terms of what I wanted to do.
“But I knew I was bringing a talented goalkeeper in. Freddie’s communication, his shot-stopping and his distribution skills are second to none. He’s an unbelievable professional and works extremely hard at his game.”
The £5.5k-per-week beast could, therefore, be a smart addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad and improve the goalkeeping department, Orta should look to get a deal done.