I Have Absolutely No Worries About This Youngster


Jak Alnwick will make his first start for Newcastle at Arsenal on Saturday, and it looks like he will play at least six first team games for his home town club, that takes us to January 1st when we play Burnley at home.

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Jak Alnwick on Saturday – confident young man

Newcastle will be without goalkeepers  Tim Krul and Rob Elliot until some time in January through injury, although we don’t know when exactly either goalie will return.

And we heard today that the Premier League have told Newcastle we do not qualify for an emergency loan of a goalkeeper.

That’s because we have three goalkeepers who are still on contract – without Tim and Rob – Jak, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow who is on loan at Nottingham Forest for the season.

Andy Woodman is the Newcastle goalkeeping coach and the father of Freddie, and he will have his work cut out to get Jak ready for what he will face in the next few weeks.

This is what Andy has said about Jak:

“Jak’s an incredibly mature young man.¨”You wouldn’t think he’s just 21 talking to him or indeed watching him play out there.¨

“I wouldn’t have any worries about Jak because there is this calmness and assurance about him and I think against Chelsea his team-mates saw that and it gave them confidence.

“He’s like a lot of young English players, bags of talent and good character but it’s all about getting the chance and, as a goalkeeper, it’s even harder to be given that chance.”

“If Jak plays at Arsenal I’d have absolutely no worries about it. He’ll handle the occasion. In fact, he’ll relish it.”

“I’ve been speaking highly about Jak for years.”  “I tell people that when Jak eventually breaks onto the scene, they’re going to see a very good young goalkeeper.”

“Alan Pardew knows that I would not be at all worried about Jak playing Premier League football. ” “In circumstances you do not want, like with Rob Elliot having to come off – Jak has done his prospects no harm at all.”

Alnwick’s contract runs out at the end of next June, and therefore he has a great opportunity to prove to Alan Pardew and others at Newcastle that he deserves a new deal at his home town club.

Jak will have some competition however, because Karl Darlow will join the first team squad next summer and fight for a first team place.

There’s no doubt  there is a lot of responsibility on young Jak’s shoulders, but Newcastle fans think he can get the job done.

Can Jak Alnwick Get The Job Done For Newcastle?

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105 comments so far

  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully Everything said above is true and we have nothing to worry about.
    The poll certainly suggests fans are confident.
    I must admit the thought of those Arsenal forwards clapping their hands in glee gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach or maybe that’s just gas now I’m getting on a bit. Lol

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 9, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #2

    If Alnwick wasn’t good enough he should not have been on the bench. He was though and took his chance.
    Whilst he bottled the Drogba goal -without doubt I’m sure Fatty Woodman has had the video out and put that right.
    His first challenge off the line when he clattered Costa was tremendous -as well as getting in a good punch – so he would appear to know how to do it.
    Poorish practice by the Toon trying to get a replacement loan though -surely not a good confidence boosting exercise.

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  • lesh

    Dec 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #3

    If Jak can come on at half-time and perform as he did against Chelsea, he can do a great job against the Gooners.

    However, concentration for 90 minutes may be a weakness, given his relative youth and lack of high-level experience.

    But, with our defence playing well of late coupled with Arsenal’s lack of
    effective fire-power, holding it is doubly important.

    Collo and the lads could help him do so when things are happening at the Gooners’ end!

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Tuff
    Exactly, what sort of message does that give the lad?

    “Thanks for stepping up and keeping us out of the shit but we don’t think you’re good enough so we’re gonna get some one else in”
    Lovely!! Thanks like a slap on the back followed by one to the face!!

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  • lesh

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Mr T

    (‘….Poorish practice by the Toon trying to get a replacement loan though -surely not a good confidence boosting exercise”)

    You’re right, going public wasn’t a very bright idea.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Arsenal’s recent outing against Stoke should certainly bolster our spirits but then Teams playing badly seem to rally against us.

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  • Dulcinera

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #7

    saying if we thought Alwinck wasnt good enough to make the bench?

    Well who else is there? Woodman? another desperate choice? we had no other option but to send Alwnick on, the only reason he probs played was because he was older than woodman, as opposed to playing a 17 year old compared to a 21 year old

    Alwick certainy never got the nod due to merit.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Lesh
    So much for this swanky PR firm. Rookie mistake that one.

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Still think we need an emergency keeper. 1 injury to alnwick and were f’d. Arsenal, mackems, man utd, tottenham everton all to come. That’s some huge games in a short space of time for this young fella. If he’s not up to it then we certainly cant depend on a 17yr. Emergency Keeper is a must imo.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #10

    In that situation, don’t we just recall this Darlow kid.
    Why did we even sign him if not for situations like this?

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  • soundoid

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Seen it before when you have a new keeper and the opposing team just try long range shots. With our well drilled defence and our class defensive midfielders he’ll be OK, Set pieces and corners maybe a trickier prospect. Arsenal at home is always a big ask to get a result. They played today so we’ll have an advantage in that respect. Hope he has a good game, a draw would be a great result.

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #12

    its in his contract that this season we cannot recall him back Canny

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #13

    I bet Alwick would have started even if the emergency loan would have went through. He’s deemed good enough that’s why he’s our 3rd keeper but might not be ideal have to throw in a Woodman if Alwick gets injured against Arsenal. He might not be as ready as Alwick even if Woodman is one of the best upcoming golies out there.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning all

    I see Lesh gas got the TUFF lad on the back foot. Not before time too…….lol

    Hello Hinny

    I see from a previous thread that you missed me, pet lamb.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #15

    In my opinion, it is not the worry about Alnwick performing well against Arsenal but who will be playing in front of him with Taylor suspended and Colo doubtful.

    A makeshift defence and untried keeper facing a possible Arsenal attack of Giroud Welbeck Sanchez Ramsey and Oxlade Chamberlain doesnt fill me with a great deal of optimism.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #16

    West
    Well that should be grounds for an Emergency if Jak gets injured. Hopefully the powers that be are checking that out now on the off chance.
    Expat
    Not likely. Certainly not if I was holding a 44. Lol

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #17

    I think we should look at Perez for defence. Certainly wasn’t bad for us against Chelsea. Lol.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Hinny

    Stop acting the gangsters tart pet…….lol

    You need a magnum at least.

    Perez in defence indeed?????? You started on the “sherbet” early today, pet?

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #19

    If Jak is that good, why was Elliot playin with an injury???

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Expat,
    Like I said 44. is a magnum although I could probably do you in with the chocolate covered ice cream kind.

    Hey I’d be game enough to stick him in goal!! LMFAO

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #21

    expat @14 We never really do well at arsenal anyway. Yes we are playing well atm and with confidence but for some reason that goes out the window when we go to the emirates. INTIMIDATIONNNNNNNNN!!!! or the fact that they pass the shit out of the ball and we chase shadows.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Shadow,
    Cos our regime is arrogant and stupid in so far as sending players out that really should be.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Shouldn’t be

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  • expatmag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Canny

    Kinky. I like it….. lol

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  • expatmag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Westoz

    Thats why I dont expect anything more than a thrashing.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Then you Mr. West are gonna be pleasantly surprised. Get ready to eat humble pie mate.
    We gonna do the down souths in their own backyard!
    ROAR!!
    In a funny mood today.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Drunk more like it Pet

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Arsenal recently had spell with their 22 year old 3rd keeper for 6 games. They won 4 and kept three clean sheets.

    Szczesny is of course back against us.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Expat,
    At work so not drunk.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Sazzer,
    Of course. Debuchy too I heard.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Debuchy is back as well.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #32

    Random post on the previuos thread forget who said it.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #33

    Hi F5.

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #34

    haha canny, all the rain over your way has gone to your head.

    I hope its not a thrashing expat. A win would be amazing, a draw ill be more than happy, a narrow loss im expecting, a thrashing im drowning my sorrows and the missus will cop it

    Szceszny is back is he sazzer? Who got the red card for them last week?

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #35

    Chambers

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #36

    Chamberlain got the red didn’t he? Or maybe he was in shot when it happened.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #37

    Chambers chamberlain, close enough

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #38

    lesh – the other thing about this goalkeeper loan business is that you would have assumed that the Toon management knew what the rules were – ie fit keepers on the books = no emergency loans.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #39

    Koscielny is said to be back as well to replace Chambers but he didn’t travel to Turkey.

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  • WestOzMag

    Dec 10, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #40

    chambers out so gibbs starts eh, pretty much like for like. Is it in concrete yet that colo isn’t playing??

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