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.
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.
What do you think?
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