Freddie Woodman ready to lock horns with former team-mate Mitrovic
Freddie Woodman will face off against a former Newcastle team-mate tonight knowing their personal duel could have a big impact on whether Swansea City or Fulham emerge victorious at the Liberty Stadium.
Goalkeeper Woodman, 22, has been enjoying an excellent campaign for the Swans while on loan from the Magpies.
He has shown his impressive shot-stopping prowess, along with a calm command of his area, conceding just 18 goals in 18 league games.
His old Toon colleague Aleksandar Mitrovic, meanwhile, has been in fine form at the other end of the pitch.
The Serbian striker has scored 13 goals so far this season for the Cottagers, and is currently the second tier’s leading marksman.
And Woodman knows better than most the quality and threat the 25-year-old will pose.
“Everybody can see how much quality he has. It’s fair to say he is probably a Premier League player,” said Woodman.
“He’s obviously a handful and a very good player. I’m looking forward to coming up against him because of his quality and it will be a good test for me in that regard.
“I remember from when he arrived at Newcastle, he was just a worker. He was always in the gym, always willing to improve, and always doing extra.
“I bounced off that and it made me want to work harder because I could see how much he was putting into it.
“As with any Championship player, we will be on guard, do our homework and try to find ways to stop him.”