According to The Sunday Herald via The Chronicle, Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has heaped praise on Rafa Benitez’s influence, claiming that his game has developed significantly thanks to the Spaniard.
Freddie Woodman is currently developing his game out on loan with Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, where he has impressed in his eight outings so far.
The 20-year-old says that he has benefited greatly from Benitez’s advice which he has picked up from great goalkeepers such as Pepe Reina.
“The gaffer at Newcastle, Rafa Benitez, texts me quite often to see how I’m doing in general and how I’m performing at the weekends.
“I stay in contact with him quite a lot, and also with the other lads down there.”
“Rafa was brilliant for me when he first came in to Newcastle.
“As a young goalkeeper, I didn’t think he’d take much interest in me but he talked to me all the time about the keepers he’s had, such as Pepe Reina and Keylor Navas at Real Madrid.
“Even in training, his attention to detail is the best I’ve ever seen in the game.
“He watches every single bit of movement a goalkeeper makes and every decision a goalkeeper makes.
“Rafa always wants to improve and learn new things, and it’s amazing I can get that sort of knowledge from a man like him.”
Newcastle fans – what do you make of this? Is Woodman your future number one? How can Rafa help him? Let us know in the comments below…