Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said after the 2-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday afternoon that young Jak Alnwick would be in goal at the Emirates on Saturday, against an under-performing Arsenal side who lost 3-2 at Stoke over the weekend and are level on point with Newcastle.
John Carver to Jak Alnwick – you were great!
But Newcastle still have an option of trying to bring in another more experienced goalkeeper on an emergency loan, but they would have to apply for permission to the Premier League to do that.
And the Tyneside club may not have a very good case because Jak is 21 years old, and Newcastle’s third choice goalkeeper – it’s not as if he is a 17 year-old.
Other clubs – like Hull as one example – have lost their top two goalkeepers through injury, and had to play their third choice in the Premier League this season.
The Premier League allows such emergency loans in what are described as “exceptional circumstances” – so that’s very subjective.
What we expect Newcastle to do is to make some inquiries this week to see who may be available to come in for say a six-week loan, but if Jak plays on Saturday and plays well – there is more reason to believe we will stick with the local lad.
Newcastle will need to make a decision soon, because it would make it more difficult to get a new goalkeeper in, if we play Jak in the next two games, and then ask to have a replacement brought in on loan – if Jak doesn’t play well.
In our poll, Newcastle fans think that Jak will do just fine.
But it’s also asking an awful lot from a youngster who has no experience at all in the Premier League to come in and play in some huge games for the Magpies.
We have league games at Arsenal and Manchester United coming up, plus a home game against Sunderland – all in the next few weeks.
We’ll not even mention the Capital One Cup tie at Tottenham a week on Wednesday.
And to a large extent it’s Newcastle’s own fault that the club didn’t have three experienced goalkeeper in their squad for this season as Hull City had, and they were able to get through their mini-injury crisis.
The other factor here is that if Newcastle bring in a new goalkeeper, it’s not really showing confidence in the youngsters – who have done great for the first team so far this season – and is one of the major tenets of our strategy.
Alan Pardew could say something about whether the club will seek an emergency loan deal maybe tomorrow, when he’s back at work after the manager, coaches and players took a (very) well deserved two days off.
What do you think?
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