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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