Mapies Have Top Young Keeper Coming Through The Ranks

We had wondered last week whether Newcastle would be looking to bring in another goalkeeper to replace the departing Steve Harper, but Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman believes 19 year-old Jak Alnwick can do the job.

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Jak Alnwick – likely to be number three goalkeeper next season

It seems that Woodman has already talked to Alan Pardew about the goalkeeping situation at the club with Harper’s departure, and believes Newcastle are in good shape for goalkeepers:

“I think you can always look at your squad in any department and want to strengthen, but there comes a point when you’ve got to look at what you’ve got and promote within.” “You’ve got to have belief in these young kids, that’s the point of producing them.”

“Jak Alnwick has been putting in performances week in, week out, and not just for the U-21s, but on the training pitch.” “He trains with the first team pretty much every day, and I always think a good gauge for how good these kids are is the respect they gain from the other professionals.”

“When you’ve got people like Fabricio Coloccini and Yohan Cabaye who have respect for this young goalkeeper, that tells me we’ve got a boy who can progress into a top keeper.”

“We’ve a very good goalkeeper coming through and the department as a whole is healthy, with Freddy Woodman (Andy’s son) and Jonathan Mitchell coming through underneath.”

Jak turns 20 years old next month and stands 6’2″ tall, and he still has lots of time to develop, and he may be sent out on loan next season, just as long as he can be recalled if either Tim Krul or Rob Elliot are injured, or become unavailable for some other reason.

This year Newcastle have sent a number of the youngsters out on loan to get first team experience, and they seem to have benefited from that and improved a lot, so hopefully we’ll keep doing that.

The lads need the intensity of first team games to improve their skills and develop, and it’s hard to do that simply playing for the Reserves.

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9 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    he will be on the bench with krul out

  • Graeme

    May 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    There are other positions that need to be strengthened before looking at a keeper. A striker, winger, CB to name but 3 lol

  • TorqToon

    May 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    He is going to be a cracking player. People (including myself) pick apart our coaching staff and methods, but woody seems to be doing a cracking job with our keepers!

    Timmy came through the ranks and Jak is well on his way!

    Just outfield coaching we need to crack on with now and start bringing some youth through. Think we will see plenty more of Campbell this season and quite possibly give streete some game time in the cups.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Shearer – ” You don’t become a bad manager in one season”

    No it’s taken considerably longer than that. That’s what Pardew always does. One good season, throws all the good work out with the bath water, is quickly found out and spirals down the next season every time. Can’t be co-incidence.

    Shearer – great player. That’s kind of where it ends.


    I love all the players we have / are being linked to in France and Holland, but that’s not the problem is it?

  • TorqToon

    May 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda – How do you mean? Coaching methods?

    If so I agree, no point having top top players, and managing them incorrectly. As u’ve said before, pardew isn’t solely to blame for our shortcomings, but the entire coaching staff and antiquated training methods as a whole.

  • sparky55

    May 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    torq and rotunda…not being funny because you both seem to know what you’re talking about but who usually controls the coaching staff in a football club.

  • sparky55

    May 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    FFS ED…SLOW DOWN…we’re trying to get conversations going and you put up another blog…that’s 5 in 10 mins FFS…LOL

  • hadthetshirt

    May 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope this lad is the real deal as Elliot isn’t.I would not send him on loan either look what happened to Foster.Loaned to Celtic then sold for peanuts.Give Alnwick the chance pre season to claim the bench spot at least.

  • Lee Dodd

    May 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Jack was on The Bench This season and Looked ok when having a kick about. In goalkeeping were fine . its 2 Quality strikers we need. Get Remy and Carroll then were sorted. we should have kept danny simpson . need 2 midfileders and 2 new defenders – Sorted.


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