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.
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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