Alan Pardew has admitted that he doesn’t know if Jak Alnwick is good enough to do the job in the approximately seven games he will have as the Newcastle goalkeeper, before either Rob Elliot or Tim Krul can return from injury.
There’s a short answer to that question – we will find out very soon.
Jak Alnwick – Newcastle United goalkeeper
Alan Pardew, who today was named Manager of the Month in the Premier League for November, has been interviewed and he’s talked about Jak, who Newcastle must now rely on, because we are not allowed to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan.
This is what the manager has said about young Jak:
“I think Jak knows this is a real game changer for him,” “He’ll have, roughly, seven matches in goal and it’s a great opportunity.”
“Although he’s very young to be Newcastle United’s goalkeeper Jak is confident he can do the job,” “Let’s hope he can. The ball is very much in Jak’s court.”
“Who knows, after five or six games we might be kicking ourselves that we didn’t give him a new contract earlier. It might have been cheaper. Jak’s a humble guy. He’s got no delusions of grandeur but he believes he’s ready.”
“If I’m honest, I don’t know whether Jak’s good enough yet.” “But what can I do?”
The news behind the scenes is that Alan Pardew has been impressed with the way Jak has trained this week, but of course there’s nothing like the real thing – the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
So Jak will be between the sticks at the Emirates tomorrow afternoon, in a game that is being televised live around the world.
We wish Jak all the very best – and it’s simply a great opportunity for the 21 year-old and he knows it.
We don’t know whether he will be good enough – but we certainly hope so.
Howay The Lads!!
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