John Carver says Newcastle’s goalkeeping future is in safe hands with Freddie Woodman.
The Magpies were rocked over the weekend by the news that Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season after damaging his cruciate knee ligaments playing for Holland against Kazakhstan.
Freddie Woodman is a total pro. He does all the right things.
With back-up Karl Darlow also on the treatment table with an ankle injury, it has left Newcastle without their first two choices to play in goal.
Rob Elliot looks set to start against Norwich City on Sunday, with Woodman – having been recalled from his loan spell at Crawley Town – providing cover from the bench.
Woodman is highly-rated by the Newcastle coaching staff, and former United boss Carver – who handed the youngster a place on the bench last season when Elliot was injured – says he would have no concerns if Newcastle had to call upon his services.
“Freddie Woodman is a total pro,” said Carver. “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.”
Woodman played 11 times on loan for League Two side Crawley before being recalled by Newcastle.
He helped England Under-17s to win the European Championships last year and stepped up to the Under-19s this season, playing on Saturday in a 1-0 win against Finland.
Meanwhile, Krul admits his injury has left him devastated that he can’t help the club reverse their fortunes – but still believes Newcastle can make their way up the table.
United are bottom of the Premier League, and have yet to win a game all season.
The 27-year-old said: “I’m devastated the scan has confirmed my biggest fear, that I have torn my knee cruciate playing for Holland in the game against Kazakhstan.
“My recovery and hard work starts now to fully recover.
“I’m devastated I can’t play a part on the pitch to help the team turn this season around.
“I still believe this club can, and should, be up there with the top teams.”
Meanwhile, striker Ivan Toney is looking to hit his stride having joined from Northampton Town in the summer.
And the 19-year-old, signed as one for the future, has already made three first-team appearances for injury-hit United, who take on Norwich City on Saturday still looking for a first win of the season.
For his part, Toney is just happy to have settled at the club so quickly after his move from League Two Northampton.
“I settled in quite quickly,” said Toney. “I’ve just got to adapt to the style of play.
“At any level, minutes is the main thing, really. I’m happy to be playing football at such a high level.
“I just want to be involved in any game. If the manager picks me, I just have to do my job when called upon.”