Alan Pardew is doing his very best, like any good manager, to let Jak Alnwick know that he has a wonderful opportunity at Newcastle to get a new deal – and if he gets the job done in the next with games for Newcastle until Rob Elliot can return.
Jak Alnwick being congratulated by John Carver after Chelsea game
Jak could be given a new deal at the club – and he will have earned it.
In fact Jak has suddenly become an extremely important player for Newcastle – since the next eight games are some very tough fixtures and could make or break Newcastle’s season.
The fixtures include games at Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea, and a home game against Sunderland.
What a list of games for the 21 year-old to play in.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today in his press conference:
“Robbie will be out for six to eight games so it’s a great opportunity for Jak and he’s very keen to take it.¨ “He’s had a great start and has fitted in very well. He has worked very hard in the background but never had an opportunity.¨
“I have great faith in him but he will need a lot of luck as well, particularly in that crucial position.¨ “He deserves a bit of luck because he is a cracking lad and I’m very proud of him.”
“This puts him in a great position if he plays really well in the next seven games and makes it more difficult for us when it comes to contract negotiations.¨
“That is definitely in Jak’s court.”
Jak will get a lot of attention on the training ground from the Newcastle coaches, and by mid-January the 21 year-old could become a much better goalkeeper than he is today.
And he’ll be more experienced too, having played games at the Emirates, White Hart Lane, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge.
And it’s not stretching it too much to say that Jak’s form in the next eight games could decide whether Newcastle’s season is a good one or just mediocre.
We hope it’s the former, and we think Jak can get the job done for his home town club.
Howay The Lads!!
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