Newcastle United’s goalkeeper crisis has dominated the headlines today.
Tim Krul was ruled out for the rest of the season after injuring his cruciate knee ligaments on international duty, and No 2 Karl Darlow is also out injured.
It has seen youngster Freddie Woodman recalled by the club from his loan spell at Crawley Town, and he is set to feature on the bench against Norwich on Sunday.
The 18-year-old was also a substitute for the first team last season when the club had a similar injury crisis, and his manager in the second half of the season, John Carver, has backed the highly-rated shot-stopper.
Carver told beinsports: “Freddie Woodman is a total pro. He does all the right things.
“I stuck Woodman on the bench. I was that confident he wouldn’t let me down. He’s got a bright future.”
Rob Elliot is set to start against Norwich, and he is confident Newcastle have enough strength in depth to cope with the crisis.
Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has been having his say – again – on the situation at Newcastle and Sunderland.
And he says the Magpies are in more danger of relegation than their rivals now that the Black Cats have Sam Allardyce as their new manager.
Redknapp said: “When I look at the North East teams, I think Newcastle might be in more trouble than Sunderland.
“Steve McClaren is a good manager, probably better than some of the managers at the top of the division, but he has not got the players at Newcastle.
“He has got some poor ones and it does not look like they have helped him much in the summer with the ones they signed.
“And guess who Big Sam’s first home game at Sunderland is against? That’s right, Newcastle. That’s going to be massive for both clubs.”