Young Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick Catching The Eye At Newcastle

Newcastle’s 18 year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has been training with the first team at the club’s Benton training facility.

Jak Alnwick – training with first team squad

Alnwick is the younger brother of former Sunderland goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, who is currently at Tottenham, but has had many loan spells over the last five years, with time spent at Luton Town, Leicester City, Carlisle United, Norwich City and others.

Jak has played for the England Youth sides at U18 and U20 levels, and the Hexham-born youngster joined Newcastle from Sunderland back in 2008, and is starting to catch the eye on Tyneside.

6’2″ tall Jak is training with Tim Krul, Steve Harper and Rob Elliot as part of the first team squad, and we expect Steve Harper to move on after 19 years on Tyneside, as it seems Steve wants to play again, before he will finally retires, maybe in a couple of years or so.

The plan seems to be to bring in another goalkeeper in the summer to challenge Rob Elliot as the back-up goalkeeper to 23 year-old Dutch International Tim Krul, who could be playing for Holland against England tonight at Wembley.

But it will probably depend on how well young Jak looks in training, and maybe Jak will make the step up to the first team squad as early as next season,  and he was certainly outstanding on loan at Gateshead earlier in the season, when he made a total of 8 appearances.

We also wouldn’t be at all surprised if 23 year-old Fraser Forster, who was also born in Hexham, is moved on in the summer, probably to Glasgow Celtic, but some English clubs could be interested in the 6’7″ goalkeeper.

It could be all change with the goalkeepers at Newcastle in the summer, with both Steve Harper and Fraser Forster leaving the club,  and Jak Alnwick getting his chance in the first team squad.

Comments welcome.

81 comments so far

  • nickfish90

    Feb 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Keep up the good work Jak. 3-2 the toon this weekend!

  • redondo77

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry, don’t know how to comment on this topic. So…..

    I think Leona Lewis is the most beautiful and the sexiest woman in the world.

  • redondo77

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Maria Grazia Cucinotta too

  • Griff-toon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Nice to hear that we have promising players coming through our academy.

    With releasing a large amount of young players this summer and upgrading our academy to rank 1 Ashley is building the infastructure of this club to help us in the future.

    I think we will keep looking for promising young talent to our academy, but not unless they have real talent.

  • bollance

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #5

    We are well stocked for goalkeepers

    Krul (23) – top 3 in Prem
    Harper (37) – In background now, injury problems?
    Elliott (25) – Young but has always conceeded lots when played. Those who have seen him often rate him.
    Forster (23) – Not usually mentioned when ppl talk about our academy graduates. Should have gone to Norwich on loan but nevertheless could make grade in Prem in couple of seasons. 540mins unbeaten at present?
    Soderberg – Keeps dropping ball into his own net (not a good for a keeper!). Off at end of season
    Alnwick (18) – Destined for big things but needs to keep developing unlike his brother who was involved in the famous video with women and other footballers.. remember!
    Baird // Michell // Grant (17-18) – In academy and dont know too much.
    Freddie Woodman (14) – Has potential to be the best of all but has a long long way. Watch out for him!!!!!

    Although we have keepers galore I can see us bringing in 2-3 in the age bracket of 16-24 in the summer as think Forster will leave.

  • bollance

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Jak Alnwick will go out on loan next season guaranteed to football league club

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Forget Ben Arfa staying everyone he is of the modern era who wants to play creative passing football on the deck.

    Pardews direct long ball approach will prevent them ever seeing eye to eye.

    However for a so called difficult character HBA has been patient when left out and tried to adapt to Pardews obsession with defending

  • bollance

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Scott Parker England captain?

    So that means he is a shoe in for Euros?

    Cant see us doing well in Euros as we need a complete overhall of the players for younger hungrier players. I am probably wrong but the fact we went out earlier in WC meant the players could go on holiday etc before pre-season started?

    Also players / media had little respect for Capello who i now persieve as a bit of a joke manager yet he is probably one of the most successful managers of the modern era.

  • bollance

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9


    We do so much defending because we do not keep possession or win back the ball?

    At present we have 7 good players. At the end of the summer we will hopefully have 10 – 11 who will be able to retain possession better so we can pass through midfield rather then by-passing midfield with long balls.

    Spurs have about 15 top players which is where we need to be so then we can bring through 1 – 2 academy players and not worry about losing (Livermore this season or Walker last).

    Work in progress, in a couple of seasons we will be a good team and hopefully playing some nice football. At present we are going through a blip which happens to all teams (Man U lost to B’burn at home then us away). Just hope the blip is over and we do the business on Sunday! HWTL!!

  • Beattie25

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    I think we are all in agreement that out style of football has been awful so far this season but is it down to PArdews tactics and inability to take a risk? Is it down to poor players who just cannot play football? Is it a combination of both?

    Why are we playing so poorly?

  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Beattie don’t agree when we get it down we play better football than we hav in a long time, n other ppl hav already stated we hav 3/4 players who arnt good enough n disrupt r passing football, as tactics id say pardew gets ryt 90% of the time

  • bollance

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #12

    The fact carroll has not been scoring for Liverpool has cost them dearly in the league. In fact Suarez is not too potent either.

    With Cisse doubtful. If AC was still in our squad who would you play up top with BA?


  • Beattie25

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ll agree that we don’t have the right personel so why doesn’t Pardew change it around and bring in passing players.

    Krul has poor distribution that’s a given but he is a a mighty fine keeper
    Willo and Simmo panic and hoof it
    Guti can never find a pass
    Raylor has no pace and despite his quality with dead balls never attempts killer balls

    I am just upset that Pardew never tries anyhting other than the 4-4-2 with the same Leauge 1 players. I would say that the players lack of ability is only highlighted by Pardews struggling old fashioned tactics (whether or not he does infact ask the team to play long ball).

    I said it before that the core of our quality players have played and been successful in a 4-3-3 for their various former clubs yet we are stuck with this terrbile defensive 4-4-2. If we lacked the quality throughout I could understand but we don’t so the blame must lie with the manager more than the poor players IMO

  • markmac

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Just reading what alot of you guys are saying and I think if we can hang on around 7th this season then add some more real quality like we did this season in cabaye/tiote/ba especially in defence and maybe players who can ‘play’ the ball then we can push on next season, in terms of both the way we play and overall position in the league, i think we have a very good ‘core’ we just need to add around that imo,

  • hotdog

    Feb 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Well put markmac #14
    Lets see where we are at the end of the season. If we finish top 8 and the Pardew bashers are still having a go……………well can we take it they are retards 🙂

  • markmac

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #16

    although i did make it sound like we bought tiote this season….. my error

  • martoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Getting back to Ed’s blog – I have a feeling if the right offer came in we might sell Krul in the Summer and keep Forster as our no.1 although I seem to remember Forster has made mistakes in the games he has played for us.

  • Beattie25

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18


    I 100% agree. The juxtaposition comes if we do not finish top 7. Will we loose our quality core and have to make do with those that should be replaced?

    We need to ensure a top 7 finish this season! Whilst that may be above oue expectations it may allow us to keep the likes of Tiote, Cabaye, BA, Krul etc…

    The only way we can do that is to break thorugh our current poor form with honesty, integrity and quality.

    PArdew needs to allow some players to come to the fore and bench those that are under performing.

    Bring in Ferguson, Guthrie and Benny for Simmo, Guti and Raylor and promote young Remi Streete to the bench and give him a few minutes near the end of games as a replacement for Willo.

    I am not a manager but you don’t have to been one to see where we are going wrong. That takes common sense

  • bollance

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Anyone not happy with things at present should realise it could be worse.. they could support the Mackem scum!!!!!!! (how bad would it be supporting / possibly even living in s’land.. think about it)

    I would peronally like S’land to be in the Prem. The derbys are great and it is a team who should be below us for a long time to come FTM!!!!!!

  • Beattie25

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle will not let Forster move for £2 million given how he has played for Celtic this year. They’ll hang on for a while to see if any other offers come in.

    We need a good battle for the number 1 jersey and I think Forster may stay next year for 1 season to see if he can break into the team.

    It would be good to see Forster and Krul battle it out for a season rather than a 3 game tour of America. It would be healthy and would show good squad depth and allow us to rest the number 1 for cup games and Europe (if we scrape in) without worrying about Rob Elliot.

    I don’t think Krul will leave this Summer as I think Spurs will go for Vorm and I hope Forster stays as we are lacking some locality in the first team.

  • hotdog

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #21

    So you bring all these playes in and they dont perform and we dont get results, then what would you suggest?

  • cyprus

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    HBA 22 appearances 4 goals doesn’t sound good, but count the minutes on. For example, the two minutes he got right before his horrendous injury, I presume, counts as an appearance…
    Hope AP finds a way to place this guy in real appearances i.e. 90 + minutes. e.g. Raylor could use a rest

  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    433 wud work but only if u hav santon n fergie as full backs as they can act as wingers when attacking u also hav to take into consideration by moving to that formation ya gonna b askin ba or cisse to work on wings something they won’t b happy about

  • Beattie25

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #24

    @ hotdog

    Then I suggest that the Summer would be busy in term of transfer market activity.

    Most teams in the leauge have competition for places and if a player is massivley under performing they are replaced.

    Our club doesn’t have that option because of the arrogance of Pardew and lack of Janurary investment in needed areas.

    Putting in these players may be a risk but so is playing Simmo, Willo, Raylor given their current form.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Beattie 25

    I completely agree with your comments.

    Other teams manage to pass the ball quicker and find team mates within their vicinity to pass to.

    This means teams with less high profile players than us.

    The tactics and set up of the team is down to the manager. Look at Swansea if they had a prolific srikeforce like ours their passing game would pay even more dividends,

    The consistently successful teams pass the ball auickly and move. We are far too slow and static.

    I m sure our players could play this way with different coaching and mindset.

    Regretfully I dont think Pardew is the long term answer

  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Beattie @18&20 I pretty much agree with both those posts

  • bollance

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Mourinho has usually managed top top teams in their leagues and left on a high. He will win La Liga this year so he could be on the move. Back to the Prem?

    Tough one. At the beginning of the season there were 4 teams (Chelsea / Man U / Man City / Arsenal) who could have realistically won the league. There is now a new player in Spurs.

    The Prem is very competitive which is why it is such a good league.

    Where could Morinho go where he is more guaranteed to succeed? Man City in my opinion? But would he go to Manchester?

  • Beattie25

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #28

    @ davybtoon

    Santon and Fergie rampaging up the wings would be a joy.

    And sorry my freind you are wrong about Ba and Cisse.

    Ba has played on the left side of a 3 man attack (a la Henry) for Hoffenheim and West Ham and is comfertable there.

    Cisse would be central and Benny would be the RF opposite Ba (a position he played for Marsaille and Lyon)

    Guthrie, Cabaye and Tiote in CM (Cabaye and Tiote played 4-3-3 for Twente and Lille respectively)

    Fergie and Santon WB as you put it and there you have our best team

  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #29

    But pardew is not the problem he is changing a team n that takes time u can see we’re heading n what he wants to do with cabaye hba but the problem is it takes time to shift poor players out, swansea hav played that style for years n years it took time to get like that n there now seeing the benefits, which we will in time but of course toon fans don’t look at the future they want it now now now

  • bollance

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Not ITK but Real Madrid came in for Adam Campbell before he signed a pro contract. Herd this from a friend of Campbell’s father. Real offered large sum to tempt him but this lad is Newcastle through and through! If he played in FA youth cup against B’burn we may have won.

    He is the type of player we need playing on Sunday against S’land. Give him a few seasons..

  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Beattie agreed that is our best 11, n that shud b our starting 11 I’d swap Guthrie for marveux if fit

  • martoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #32

    I understand the idea of playing Santon & Fergusson as fullbacks but can’t help feeling opposition teams would then target them and pull there strikers out wide knowing they had the beating of them in the air. Sometimes team formation is not as easy as it is on Championship Manager 😉

  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #33


    But is Fergie any worse in the air than Simpson? 😐 Fullbacks aren’t usually that well known for arial prowess – look at Ashley Cole, he’s like a scrawny little kid!

    I think the only reason everyone’s talking about Fergie at LB is because it looks like that’s what Pardew wants for next season – from what Fergie’s said in interviews.

  • hotdog

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #34

    How long has he been here FFS
    Is there improvement in the squad – Yes
    Are we financial more secure – Yes
    Are we quicker as a squad – Yes
    Are we quicker upfront – Hell Yes
    And more importantly are the players happy here – Yes
    Is the standard of football better – Jury is still out – But taking all of the above and our current league position, why the hell do you not back the guy – You call yourself a suppoter then support! Its in ya blood man!

  • hotdog

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #35

    #33 AP knows simpson is not the answer, hence no contract signed. He will be on his way or back up next year but at the mo AP will stick with him, that’s my guess.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 29, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #36



  • martoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #37

    I think we are all agree we need to strengthen the squad and ship out some of the weaker players (Plenty of debate as to who these are). I can’t help feeling that the transfer window system makes this harder to do as realistically most movement occurs in the summer window and in a World Cup or European year this window time is restricted. What I’m trying to say is you can’t completely overhaul a squad in one season like you used to be able to do it takes a few years.

  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #38

    There is improvement in the team n the players brought in jan n last summer u can see we’re shaping up to b a team that plays good football, jus look at the youth teams the football they play is very good n were breeding a system that we play ryt through the club like arsenal do when young players come in they know there job fans hav to start looking at the bigger picture n kno things don’t happen over nyt

  • The Alchemist

    Feb 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #39

    I think it’s just frustrating to see other teams without our quality knocking the ball about on the floor. We have shown periods with this sort of play ( villians away and fulham 1st half come to mind). I think Krul really needs to work on his distribution as his kicks put us on the back foot straight away.

    I think Perch should replace williamson on sat as at least he has a bit of pace.

    I would just like to see HBA be given a run of 6-8 games (like obertan, raylor at LB) and then we can judge him after that. At the moment he is trying to hard to impress to try and get in the team. If Pardew tells him he will give him a chance i’m sure he will relax and his decision making will improve.

    Ideally play him on the left wing and move jonas over to help simmo out.

    I would like to see pardew play a 4-3-3 with the players available. I wouldn’t say that the contribution from our wingers justifies a 4-4-2 formation especially when our two cms play so deep.

    We have been lucky with some of our players for the price we got them for. Although we are on simmo, williamson backs they are probably playing above the level you would expect from players that cost 750k and 1m.

  • davybtoon

    Feb 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Getting players cheap ain’t lucky it’s good business n scouting, I’d say at the moment we’ve a good balance of football n long ball, another summer of good business n we will b nearly there as a squad corgnet for smith almartino for Guthrie is a good start if we can get them done


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