As the Newcastle goalkeeper situation stands at the moment, the Premier League have told Newcastle they have three active professional goalkeepers on their books with Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow, and an emergency goalkeeper loan is only allowed when we are down to one fit (available) goalkeeper.
Jak Alnwick – ready for the test starting today
And that’s true, but according to the Premier League, even though Karl Darlow is contracted out on loan for the season to Nottingham Forest and cannot be recalled, it still seems the League considers him an available goalkeeper for Newcastle.
So the way things stand at the moment we can’t have a goalkeeper on an emergency loan, but it’s clear Newcastle will make an appeal if – for heavens sakes – Jak Alnwick gets injured.
Because then we’d have only one goalkeeper – 17 year-old Freddie Woodman – on the books who is available.
This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday about the goalkeeper situation:
“We have two fit professionals and until you’re down to one you can’t call that emergency loan on. Freddie Woodman is one, even though he’s 17.”
“Karl Darlow can’t be called back so that rule – he’s counted as one, is wrong. If every other club can have an emergency loan and we can’t purely because we’ve got a player whose out on loan for a year doesn’t make sense. I think that is going to be looked at.”
“Jak has been very good in training. Everyone who interviewed him after the game will say he’s a humble guy.” “He’s got no delusions of grandeur but he also believes he’s ready.”
“Although he’s very young to be goalkeeper of Newcastle he’s confident he can do the job, and let’s hope he can.” “I think Jak knows this is a real game-changer for him.”
Certainly Alnwick picked up the accolades last Saturday for his performance in the second half in the 2-1 home win over Chelsea.
Although he was a little late off his line for their goal, as Didier Drogba beat everybody to Cesc Fabregas’ free kick – awarded for a foul by Steven Taylor, that got him his second yellow card and sent off.
So if Murphy’s Law strikes again and Jak Alnwick is injured over the next seven games or so, look for Newcastle to appeal to the Premier League for an emergency goalkeeper, since Karl Darlow is not available to be brought back from Forest.
We would really have only one fit goalkeeper on the books.
From what we have seen, Chelsea’s number three goalkeeper – 42 year-old Mark Schwarzer – would seem like a perfect choice.
What do you think?
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