Newcastle Now Have Goalkeeper Problem


The one negative that came out of last night’s game for Newcastle was that goalkeeper Rob Elliot suffered a first-half injury during his home debut for Newcastle, and that will keep him out of the squad for Sunday’s game against Manchester United, but Tim Krul is still not fit again from his elbow injury.

Rob Elliot – in action last night – but he was injured

So it looks like Alan Pardew will bring in 19 year-old Jak Alnwick and put him on the bench as back-up to Steve harper on Sunday afternoon against Manchester United.

This is what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said after the game last night:

“Rob is definitely out for Sunday and the Gods will really be against us if Harps gets injured during the game.” “Jak will go on the bench and if we do need him then I’ve got no worries about sticking him in.”

Typical top drawer man management from Alan Pardew there, and of course when Jak sees that comment, it will give him the added confidence, if he needs it, in case he does have to come into the game on Sunday.

But with a two week break coming up for the World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying games, we would expect all top three goalkeepers to be fit for the next game – the local derby at the Stadium of Light two weeks on Sunday.

It’s interesting that Jak was born in Hexham, the same birth-place as former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who is now at celtic.

And Jak is the younger brother of Ben Alnwick, the former Sunderland and England U21 goalkeeper, who is now 25 and whose career stagnated when he moved to Tottenham five years ago from Sunderland – but his contract is now up at Spurs and he signed a two year deal for Barnsley over the summer.

Jak Alnwick – Newcastle 19 year-old 4th choice goalkeeper

It will be good experience for Jak to be part of the first team squad at Newcastle and Jak has already played for the England U19 and U20 sides, and is highly regarded at Newcastle.

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26 comments so far

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Oct 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 🙂

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  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 5, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    I expected Krul to be back for Man U. Shame. Come on Harps!

    Elliot has done well when I’ve seen him.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    On Jonas criticism…
    that’s unfair on a player who does everything he’s asked to do (including being played out of position), can hold the ball like no one else (including HBA) and wins us the most fouls. Still, I think his hard work and babysitting of various players in the past has cost him in terms of going forward, scoring (rare!) great goals and generally frightening the opposition. Remember, he’s our vice captain for a reason. Having said all this, I think he and others must be occasionally benched as we are on the threshold of building a team that can be rotated according to needs. The sign of a very good team.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    We should have got a new keeper in the summer….now we’re dooooomed.

    Yet another failure.

    Way too much praise going around this morning. It’s making me uneasy. Go and watch some of the thrashings of last season and come back full of anger. This is all a bit too much.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Cypurs….Jonas is becoming a problem for me. Not the player himself, but where to fit him in our best 11.

    For me, he is no longer a winger and it would appear we may have better option in that position. With his leadership and work rate, he is a really good CM imo. But does he knock Tiote or Cabaye out? No. Maybe Anita.

    I praise Jonas a lot for his hard work and in some games it really will be needed, but last night did show that sometimes you need to just go at teams rather than slow things down.

    I still expect him to start lots for us, he is one of our leaders and I don’t see Pardew dropping him much.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    On goalkeepers:
    All 3 this year have been excellent! Feel comfortable with any one of them.

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  • ppb

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    so glad Elliot and harps can fill kruls role. to all those who whinged at the time, this is why Elliot was bought. he’s a good keeper.
    has there been a bad buy since pardswcame

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  • OTP

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Elliot has done well, good on him! We don’t need another goalkeeper, Krul, Harper and Elliot are enough for the first team, another one and we’d just be wasting money.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    I am not worried about the goalkeeping ‘problem’ at all really. When you think about it young Jak will need to come through at some point so why not now, Mountains and molehills come to mind, after the manure game we will be back to full strength during the 2 week break and with any luck with only Raylor out as long as the international games don’t throw up a few curveballs injury-wise

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  • sholasupporter

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    ppb@7 ………..OBERTAN!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    No problem at all. Clear number one, top, experienced understudy and a 3rd choice playing well but who will have to be keep performing and be patient and another kid on his way up. Couldn’t hope for better.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    sholasupporter

    did you see the last 2 european home games? Obertan is getting there, making huge strides and looking hungry for a starting place, beat his man regularly in both games!

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  • cyprus

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza,
    fair comments. I do think that if AP figures out the rotation thing, your concerns will be addressed. Players should not feel that they are in an A or B team, just that they are part of an (say) 18-man team. Big teams do this, these days.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Cyrpus….Absolutely. I would like to think that 2 or 3 youth / fringe players could start featuring more in the PL fixtures allowing us to include some normal “first teamers” in EL and FA Cup games to provide that extra bit of quality and without over working them (within reason).

    Last night was needed. The team should take a lot of confidence from it and push on. They must have been aware of the performances so far and that can start impacting on morale. So, if this has been our down period, us finding some form should be good to watch.

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Cyprus

    i agree all the big teams have ‘big squads’, ours is really in it’s infancy and with time, patience, and games the younger ones will come through, Europa league is a great opportunity for this and as Ibiza said previously, Pardew got the mix bang on last night with experience quality and developing players, i hope in future he sticks to this and gets away from the A & B team scenarios, the kids will develop quicker should they play alongside top drawer players like Cisse, Cabaye and Tiote!

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    pardew the unsung hero of last night with his squad selection IMO

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Ppb
    I admit when we signed elliot i thought wtf? Who wouldnt? We had krul harps forster!
    Then he played a couple of pre seasons a couple of cup games and finally against notts forest and again i thought wtf!!
    But i think as players you know what the fans say about you and they can either sulk ans hide or think you know what i’ve got a point to prove
    Rob elliot has done that and proved alot of us wrong, he’s been outstanding, so has harps by the way and these 2 lads deserve nothing but praise for there performance’s for us this season both top pro’s both top lad’s! Well done lads!

    Oh and they deserve more than well krul would if saved that etc…

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #18

    So, If Pardew is a puppet, was last nights win down to Ashley or Llambias?

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #19

    TADS

    I don’t think there is much in it between our 3 keepers, for me the one thing that stands out Krul is his control of his area, he’s a talker and communicates very well with his back line, Harps and elliott are very quiet for me, but undeniably good keepers in there own right, having a keeper who constantly communicates with his his backline is a god send!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Krul
    They all have there pro’s and con’s
    Krul
    Dominates the area great shot stopper poor distribution
    Elliot
    Great shot stopper great distribution not very vocal
    Harps
    Great shot stopper fantastic distribution bit slower reflexes

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    All 3 are decent GK. When all fit, Krul has to start. He’s arguably the best anyway, but is younger, so surely it benefits us long term to keep him going. I know this isn’t being questioned by anyone (I haven’t seen any calls to drop him yet – but god help him if he makes one mistake when he returns 🙂 ), but just thought I’d put it out there…as I do.

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  • OTP

    Oct 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardew loves Krul, http://www.thefa.com/News/my-football/small-sided-football/ssf/2012/oct/friday-fives-alan-pardew.aspx in his dream 5 a side team. Another nufc player features, I wonder who!

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza, doom or not , we sold a bloke who has now been called up by England?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Munster…..I was under the impression that Forster wanted first team football and wanted the transfer. I’m sure the club would or rather had him on the bench, but it wasn’t feasible. Between Krul and Forster, I would chose Krul, so any criticism regarding the sale of Forster is out of line….much like with Guthrie, neither wanted to stay without first team football – what are you going to do?

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    I would have thought that Forster could have been convinced to stay and fight it out for number 1 jersey, given the number of games we have and his own large self confidence. Either way, we’ve lost a local lad ( i think ? ) who is now in the England frame. Its not a biggie though but you know me Ibiza me old mucker – our summer transfer performance still rankles!

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  • dannyodyssey

    Oct 6, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #26

    OMG, pls not Harper again. Slow reflexes and poor in stopping low shots.

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