There’s a story in the Daily Mail today that Newcastle are interested in Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, and will go head to head with Liverpool for the goalkeeper in the summer.
Rob Elliot – played very well this season
Steve Harper is leaving the club after twenty years service at the club, and he wants to continue playing and he could find himself moving to Birmingham in the summer, where Lee Clark will need a goalkeeper to replace Jack Butland.
The England and Great Britain goalkeeper for some reason chose Stoke City when the deal was arranged in January – and Jack was loaned back to Birmingham for the rest of the season.
It’s not the first time we’ve been linked with another goalkeeper – but with Steve leaving – the third choice goalkeeper is Jak Alnwick – and if Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are injured, then we really need an experienced goalkeeper to come in.
The Evening Chronicle had reported interest in McCarthy a day or so ago, but today are reporting that Newcastle have given up pursuit of another goalkeeper, because of Rob Elliot’s good form.
McCarthy came through the Reading Youth Academy and has been loaned out to several clubs to get first team experience, and the 23 year-old has been capped three times for the England U21 side. When he’s played for Reading this season he’s looked great .
Alex McCarthy – Reading goalkeeper
And he had a simply fantastic game recently against Liverpool, where he seemed unbeatable making about five world-class saves, so we’re not surprised Liverpool are interested in him.
There’s no doubt that Rob Elliot has shown he can do the job for Newcastle this season when Tim is injured, but don’t we need another experienced goalkeeper in the squad?
It depends on how fast 20 year-old Jak Alnwick is coming through, but the Chronicle also say he will be loaned out for next season – so we think Newcastle need to bring in another goalkeeper this summer.
What do you think?
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