Newcastle United are said to be after former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who is now the number three goalkeeper at Chelsea.
Newcastle have lost Tim Krul and Rob Elliot to injury, and may have to rely on the untested 21 year-old local lad Jak Alnwick, who did very well in the second half on Saturday, in the 2-1 win over Chelsea.
It’s The Sun who are reporting that we want to bring Mark Schwarzer in on a loan spell until Krul and Elliot are fit to play again.
However, that could be difficult because we’re sure Petr Cech will want to leave Chelsea in January – probably on a loan deal to a big club, so he can get some games after being demoted to number two behind the really impressive 22 year-old Thibaut Courtois.
No – he won’t be coming to Newcastle. 😀
The report in the Sun is that Alan Pardew wants a more experienced goalkeeper between the sticks than young Jak, and 42 year-old Schwarzer could be a great choice.
The Australian has been playing football for 24 years, and he spent 11 years at Middlesbrough from 1997 until 2008, when he joined Fulham and then he joined Chelsea in the summer of last year, and he has made a massive 754 first team appearances.
By our reckoning he has made 514 appearances in the Premier League.
We’re sure Mark would love to come to Newcastle for a short-term loan – and Newcastle will have to decide within the next day or two whether they will rely on young Jak Alnwick, or bring in Mark Schwarzer or some other more experienced goalkeeper.
We had an article out earlier today where we questioned whether Newcastle have a good case to bring in a goalkeeper on loan – and Newcastle will only be allowed to to do that under ¨exceptional circumstances¨ – according to the PL rules.
But since goalkeeper is such a specialized position, maybe the Premier League will allow the loan – but the first thing to do is to identify who to bring in, and then agree a deal with his club.
It looks as though Newcastle have identified the Australian goalkeeper as their first choice – if the Sun report is accurate.
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