JOHN Carver sees a bright future at Newcastle United – with Freddie Woodman between the sticks.
Woodman saved two penalties in a shoot-out on Wednesday as Newcastle edged past Sunderland in the FA Youth Cup.
The 17-year-old – who has been on the bench for the first team numerous times this season – is the son of the club’s goalkeeping coach, Andy, and won the European Championship with England’s Under-17s last summer.
He and his team-mates will face Chelsea at St James’s Park in the quarter-finals of the Youth Cup, and Carver feels Woodman in particular has a promising career ahead.
The club’s head coach said: “It’s nice the beat Sunderland, isn’t it? We did the same thing last year, and funnily enough we got the same draw against Chelsea in the quarter-finals at St James’s, so we are looking forward to that.
“I know Chelsea have spent a fortune on their youth players. We haven’t, but we will give them a good game, and hopefully we get a better result than we did last year – and actually, we were very unfortunate last year.
“But it was good to see them win it. I know Freddie Woodman, Andy’s son, saved a couple of penalties – and he is used to doing that because he has done it before in the England championships, so his future is bright.
“Maybe in the future when we get to a penalty shoot-out, he’s in the goal and he gets us through to the final at Wembley.”