Newcastle United writer Liam Kennedy believes that Freddie Woodman is very close to being a top-level goalkeeper.

Woodman was in fine form last season during his loan spell at Swansea City. The shot-stopper kept 22 clean sheets in his 52 appearances for the Swans, in all competitions and helped the club reach the play-off final at Wembley.

Whilst a loan move to Bournemouth was on the cards for Woodman this summer, but due to an injury to Martin Dubravka, Woodman looks like he is staying at St James’ Park and could be the man between the posts in the Magpies’ opening Premier League fixture against West Ham United.

Woodman was given another 45 minutes for the first team in their pre-season match against Burnley, which was his second half of football in pre-season, after playing in his side’s 1-1 draw with Rotherham.

Kennedy believes that Woodman is close to being ready for Premier League football, telling Football FanCast: “I think he’s ready to play football and I do think he is very close to being a top-level goalkeeper, but really we will never know that until he performs week in, week out in the top flight.”

If Woodman starts the Premier League season in goal for Newcastle and puts in a string of good performances, the Magpies will have three top level shot stoppers on their hands, which will create healthy competition for the number one jersey at St James’ Park.

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