Question – Can He Get The Job Done For Newcastle?


With both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot being out until January, there’s a lot of responsibility being placed on Jak Alnwick’s young shoulders, and he made his first ever appearance for Newcastle United in the second half of our fantastic 2-1 win against league leaders Chelsea yesterday.

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Jak Alnwick – taking control yesterday

It was a very difficult situation for Jak to come into,  and Alan Pardew admitted after the game that goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman and the manager himself were a lot more worried than Jak was.

Alnwick was very calm about the whole thing before he came on with millions and millions watching the game around the world on TV.

And Jak quickly punched away a dangerous cross and he went on to have a good game – although he was in no man’s land for their goal headed home by the great Didier Drogba.

Newcastle are now in a little bit of a perilous situation with the goalkeeper position, but it can be solved if the Hexham-born goalkeeper can prove he is good enough to have a career at his home town club – so in that sense it’s a tremendous opportunity for the 21 year-old.

He made a good start yesterday, and let’s hope he can continue it through the very heavy December schedule.

But what now happens if Jak should get injured – I wish I hadn’t even asked that question –  but we suppose Andy Woodman would come in or Newcastle would qualify to bring in a goalkeeper in an emergency situation.

With Karl Darlow joining Newcastle next summer, we expect Newcastle will have three experienced goalkeepers in their ranks next season – and maybe one of them could turn out to be Jak – whose contract at Newcastle runs out in the summer.

Alan Pardew put it well yesterday when he said Jak now has a huge opportunity to get a new contract and play for Newcastle United, rather than having to move to a lower league side – and then Alan said – he needs to take it.

Jak will get all kinds of help from the coaches as they will coach him on every aspect of his game – so it’s a great opportunity for him to improve in the next few weeks.

He will also get lots of support from the Newcastle fans, which he got yesterday, and Jak commented that the crowd were crucial as the lads hung in those last 16 minutes of play – after Steven Taylor had been sent off.

We hope Jak can get the job done, and his character, temperament and cool demeanour were there for all to see yesterday.

Can Jak Alnwick Get The Job Done For Newcastle?

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180 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Shay Given on loan but I don’t think Mashers likes him.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Just confirm to Alnwick that he is the no 1 for now and he has a chance to establish himself give him confidence and work with the defence

    He is apparently a good shot stopper which we seem to always produce as he might be busy with Sanchez and Giroud next week

    Elliot still scares me when he is on the pitch so Alnwick cant be any worse can he ?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #3

    I have a lot more faith in Elliot than I do in Alnwick, think he’s a nervy keeper even in the under 21s.

    But he has to play, no team has a top quality third keeper anyway, so just have to back him and hope he settles well. Nothing else can be done. Very good chance he won’t even be at the club next season anyway.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #4

    The season is definitely shaping up to be a good one. Arsenal and liverpool have gone backwards, Man Utd seem to be getting better, chelsea slipping too….then there is us, West Ham, Southampton and Swansea all looking capable of pushing the top 6 (some even top 4) then also teams like Spurs and Everton.

    The new tv money has closed the gap somewhat, more teams than ever before are capable of affording at least 1/2 really top quality players who on their day can make even smaller sides very very good.

    Might not be best quality league we play in, but definitely has quality deeper than others.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Only this can happen to newcastle.

    According to daily star

    NEWCASTLE owner Mike Ashley wants to sign Burnley hot-shot Danny Ings – not for the Toon but for Rangers should they secure promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.

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  • alkinou

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Does anyone know why Abeid wasn’t even on the subs bench yesterday? Injured? Overlooked (I may have missed something)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Welsh

    Wouldn’t even wipe my backside with that article.

    The lad wouldn’t go from being a steady away PL player on what will probably be between 30-60,000 a week when be moves clubs next year to being paid less than half that in Scotland. Rangers are skint and ashley won’t chuck top money around for player contracts.

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    He was fractionally slow off his line for the goal, made fatal because the ball in was deadly and probably unlike anything he’d have seen in games certainly, or probably in Newcastle training sessions. It came in fast, low and finally square just behind a dense wall of players, among them of course, Drogba and Costa. His hesitation was momentary, but cost him any chance. He looked a at that moment understandably bemused, although otherwise excellent. Steven Taylor did have a great game, but his foul and subsequent sending off, was far poorer, a bit ridiculous really, than Alnwicks understandable failure to get to the cross.

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  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    What a save by guzan! Villa are so average, would love them to go down.

    Give alnwick December to impress and earn a new deal.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Mehdi Abeid MIDFEILDER French
    (Algeria) born Montreuil
    06.08.1992 Toe Injury
    ??.??.2014 From nufc.com

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #11

    sage

    we will sign ings on top cash and then loan him to rangers

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  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Schmeichel with a great save, grealish looks a good prospect.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Does anyone honestly believe that The Mag is anymore representative of the views, feelings, hopes and dreams of the average Toon fan?
    I ask the question as a former subscriber and contributor after receiving the following message after the West Ham game.
    “One defeat isn’t a crisis but there is a look of black clouds approaching with the run of matches United have coming up”.
    And this is from a so called Fanzine!!!!
    .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #14

    G157,
    Would love to see Villa go down that hard time they gave us was totally uncalled for, shame we haven’t got them on the last day.

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  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Don’t like konchesky but that wasn’t a red card. Can’t believe him and Hutton are premiership players

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  • geordie157

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #16

    This games got a little exciting at last, don’t like either but come on Leicester haha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Ian Toon,
    You made a point of correcting me over my ribbing of Pardews oversized fashion glasses, where did you get your info that he wears contacts and is short sighted.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Ian Ton @12 – I suspect being a “scientific person” you are armed with some impirical data we can all study and come to some informed decisions/ conclusions. So if you do not mind could you please publish the data,
    “views, feelings, hopes and dreams of the average Toon fan”.
    A list of the data either using percentages or poll numbers will do nicely. Many thanks in advance.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Where’s he now

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #20

    I think we should get Pavel Srnicheck on loan, just for the crack really.

    Could we get Messi and say he’s going to play in goal?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Ignore post above

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #22

    OP,
    Not yours 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #23

    No way would we buy ings and loan him to rangers, these stories are garbage.

    I can see us going for him though, cheeky low bid in January. After all the talk of lacassette I’ve kept an eye on his games when I can and his record this season, seems to me he would be exactly what we need up front, think he’d be good alone or work well with either of the two we currently have.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Just spoke to somebody else who was at the game
    yesterday who never heard Pardew songs, I think it must have been someone on their own in the toilets humming it quietly.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail- I discussed and recommended contact lenses to him a while ago and when I last spoke to him he mentioned that he was very happy with them.
    Satisfied. No of course your not but that’s all I am going to say on the subject.
    Mr Tuff- Stick to talking about something you know something about.
    Like Ladies Wrestling.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #26

    The kid has nothing to lose. Everybody will be hoping he comes good and earns his new Contract. Just let him go out and enjoy it, he will learn rapidly what he’s up against and I think he will cope.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Graeme

    Totally with you, we have no options so he has to play, good or bad he will be the keeper til one of the others is fit. I’m going to support him regardless of how he performs as its a big ask for him.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Transfer- Did you see the recent reserve game on Sky, v Stoke. I was
    really impressed with winger Callum Roberts who looks as if he’s going to be a real player. Fast, confident with great control.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #29

    T’S,
    I don’t think Burnley will sell in January, what they’ll lose in transfer fees is chicken feed compared to relegation.

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  • mag92

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Newcastle United, made a big mistake letting the last goalkeeper, from Hexham, go, lets hope that they don’t repeat it!

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  • Graeme

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #31

    TS – by all accounts Woodman is even better between the sticks, so we do have some cover available.

    They could both gain some invaluable experience over the next 4-6 weeks. I hope they grasp it with both hands so that Krull has to fight to get his place back – wouldn’t that be a turn up for the books lol

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #32

    graeme

    But Alnwick is ahead of woodham so can’t see him being called into the first team ahead of him, will make the bench probably.

    Jail

    Very true, but I think they are certainties to go down so either way makes no real difference, if a big enough offer comes in he will leave in my opinion. No chance with or without him and he is definitely gone next year.

    Ian

    I did. Thought he looked good but seems to be getting more praise from that game than I thought he deserved. Still, a very good prospect for his age, hopefully will get the chance to step up back end of season or next year.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #33

    mag

    Had no choice with forster really. Was between him and krul and at the time krul was the better keep, both are too good to warm our bench.

    Shame we let him go for so little.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #34

    @29 really??? He’d still not be first choice at Newcastle, never made a mistake letting him go; that’s like saying every team that sells a player who has a modicum of success made a mistake. He may have developed well but still would be number 2 imho.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Ha ha,
    I can just picture Alan Pardew approaching the away end after a disappointing defeat at Upton park where the fans were singing his name, not wanting to talk about the game he singles out supporters that might be able to offer him advice on contact lenses because of the stick he gets over his large framed fashion glasses.

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  • mag92

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #36

    A big club like Newcastle United, should be able to hang on to Alnwick, and satisfy his ambition. This season has woke Pardew up, and made him realise having a decent squad is the way forward.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Who cares cares if pardews wears glasses or contact lenses, haven’t you seen somebody wearing them before.

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  • mag92

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #38

    The glasses fetish is cringey!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #39

    G520,
    Can’t fault the club at all for letting Forster go, unlike Harper he wasn’t prepared to be a number two at club level, had Harper made the same decision as Forster there is no doubt in my mind that he would have played for England.

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  • mag92

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #40

    With or without glasses?

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