It just so happens that last week – before he made his debut for Newcastle in rather dramatic circumstances last Saturday against league leaders Chelsea, Jak Alnwick had gone to see manager Alan Pardew to complain he had never been given a chance at Newcastle, and his contract is up next June.
Jak Alnwick – concentrating on Saturday
So the Gods must have been listening because he not got on chance to play for his home town team but it looks he will be the Newcastle goalkeeper in at least the next eight important games for Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today about Jak:
“He came to see me last week and was very critical of my management of him by saying he’d never had a chance, that he was very disappointed because his contract was up.”
“It’s very difficult. I don’t know because he’s never had the chance to go on loan or show himself. He answered it all. He’s got every right to say we’ve been harsh on him.”
So Jak in not afraid to speak his mind, and he has great confidence in his own abilities – and that could auger well for both Jak and Newcastle over the next four weeks or so, of what is a hectic schedule of 8 games to play through January 10th.
That’s six league games, plus a game in the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup.
Alan Pardew and the coaches, as well as the players all have a part in getting Jak ready for his stint of games for Newcastle.
On Saturday at the Emirates it will be important that Fab Coloccini is fit to play so he can use all his experience for Newcastle at the back, and also help Jak through the game.
But it’s looking like Jak might not need too much help.
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