There is some potentially good news today that Newcastle United’s third choice goalkeeper has already made an excellent start to his Newcastle career, and believe it or not but he is the top rated goalkeeper after the last round of games in the Premier League.
Jak Alnwick in action against Chelsea
The Chronicle is reporting the 21 year-old made five saves on his dramatic debut on Saturday afternoon in the 2-1 win against the Blues.
The good news is that he made five saves, and maybe the bad news is that he had to make five saves, but we were also down to 10 men in those last 10 minutes plus a massive 6 minutes of stoppage time.
And all that came in one hectic 45 minutes for young Jak on his debut, but he did great for his home town team against Chelsea – there’s no doubt about that.
It will give the youngster some confidence going into the game at Arsenal – if he needs a boost – since Jack seems to be confident enough in his own abilities, which is always good for any player, especially a goalkeeper.
This is what Jak said after the game against Chelsea:
“Chelsea put a lot of balls in the box. We know they are dangerous.” “But I’m happy with my performance so it was good to take a few crosses and make a few saves. We work on all attributes of the game.”
“You love coming for crosses because it takes the pressure off the team.” “Everybody put their bodies on the line and it was a great effort from the whole team.”
“Making your debut for the team you spent your life supporting is by far the biggest game of your life.” “I’m always ready for it. Rob got injured and you don’t like to see another keeper get injured but I took my chance.”
“Rob has been carrying a bit of an injury but we never thought it was anything serious. He was getting through games and he seemed fine.”
“I just have to prepare how I do every single week.” “Obviously I was ready to come on at any stage.” “The first thing gives you confidence.”
“I took the ball and everything that went win it.”
The goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of this season, and with Karl Darlow coming into the first team squad next season, it is likely that Jak’s contract would not be renewed.
But the positive news for both Jak and Newcastle is that could all change now, and he has a chance to prove he is good enough to get a new contract at Newcastle – which is exactly what Jak wants.
We hope Jak is brilliant for Newcastle in the games he will play until Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are back – and even if it doesn’t end up in getting him a new deal at his home town club – it will be great for Jak and his career.
It will also get Newcastle out of the bad situation we are in at the moment, because of our lack of experienced goalkeeping depth.
So it could all positive for Jak Alnwick if he takes his chance.
In any case that’s the positive way to look at it from Jak’s point of view.
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