We had thought that Newcastle would have a poor case for bringing in another goalkeeper on loan – and we covered the reasons in our article yesterday – and now Newcastle could pay dearly for not having three experienced goalkeepers in our squad this season.
Jak Alnwick – lot of responsibility on his shoulders
Most Premier league clubs have three experienced goalkeepers they can call on, but Newcastle don’t and now there will be a lot of pressure on young Jak Alnwick to get the job done.
But in the worst case if Jak doesn’t play well (we hope he does) – Jak is not the one to blame for this – it’s Newcastle’s lack of planning.
I always thought when I was at IBM that if you plan for something thoroughly enough – it will never happens – and the corollary of that is also true.
So when you only have two goalkeepers on the books the chances are – its called Murphy’s law – is the two goalkeepers will have more chance of getting injured – which is exactly what’s happened.
One version of Murphy’s Law – if something bad can happen it will – and at the worst possible time.
In Newcastle’s case we have lost our two experienced keepers at the beginning of December – which is the busiest month of fixtures in the Premier League – and we also happen to have a semi-final of the Capital One Cup – so you see what I mean.
The Premier League have confirmed the club is not eligible for an emergency loan, because we have three fit goalkeepers still on the books in Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow.
Of course Karl Darlow can’t play for us because he is contracted to a season long loan deal at Nottingham Forest, and before Saturday the two other goalkeepers had no Premier League experience at all.
Jack now has 45 minutes of PL experience.
A Premier League spokesman said this about a Newcastle emergency loan:
“Newcastle United are not eligible to sign a goalkeeper on emergency loan as they have three fit goalkeepers on the books, Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow.¨ “Only clubs with one fit goalkeeper are eligible.”
The top clubs always have three experienced goalkeepers on the books – with the emphasis on experience – and they have played a number of games in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s third goalkeeper is Mark Schwarzer who has over 500 Premier League appearances – just as one example.
It’s a pity Newcastle did not stipulate in Karl Darlow’s loan deal with Forest, that if both of our goalkeepers got injured he could return to play for the club – but that’s all in retrospect.
Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are out until January so that’s a minimum of six games Jak will have to play for his home town club – and notice that even if Jak gets injured Newcastle would still not qualify for an emergency loan deal.
This is nothing less than poor planning and poor preparation by Newcastle.
However, on the bright side Jak showed he can get the job done and certainly got off to a good promising start on Saturday, and in his first 45 minutes for Newcastle we beat Chelsea 2-1.
That cannot be bad.
Jak will get terrific support and encouragement, not only from Alan Pardew and the coaching staff – but also from the Newcastle fans – and it’s also a terrific opportunity for the 21 year-old to show what he can do for his home town club.
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