Newcastle To Lodge An Appeal If This Happens

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.

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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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8 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Dec 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Naturally the press will ask about jak but it would be nice now just to be quiet on the subject and let him get with it.

    It’s a massive chance for him and good luck to him!

  • Slank

    Dec 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Anybody have any guesses who will replace Sissoko against Arsenal ?

    The teams tactics have centred around Sissoko surging forward knowing he has Tiote or Abeid and Colback behind him protecting the midfield and defence.

    I’m assuming that Ameobi and Perez will start. Not sure about Cabella. Given the weakness and injuries to Arsenal’s defence I wonder whether our manager of the month sees an opportunity for Riviere to ruffle a few feathers in a fragile back line. My team would be:

    Janmaat – Colo – Dummitt – Haidara
    Tiote – Colback
    Perez – ANO – Ameobi

    I’m assuming Perez will start up front and then move to the wing with Cisse coming on up front.


    Dec 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Not sure why we tried this in the first place, we currently have 2 fit GKs and the rules are pretty clear around this type of deal

    Doesnt really matter that Woodman is 17 lad is still a goalkeeper

  • Slank

    Dec 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Not assuming Perez up front if Riviere up front !!! Finger keyboard malfunction.

  • runheed

    Dec 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Actually, we look reasonably good defensively. Get the ball out wide. Run like buggery. Get in behind the defence, and we will have a win. As the 1990? World Cup song says it….’…get round the back’. I love wing play… It’s what football is all about.

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I believe that without sissoko we wont be as ruthless at attack. This would have been the perfect game for sissoko driving at there patched up back four. They will be nervous from the start so if we dont attack early on I cant see a win. 2-2 if we attack there defence early on… 3-1 loss if we dont.

  • Blofal

    Dec 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeh he conceded the Drogba goal but lets face it. Perfect ball in from Fabregas and Drogba on the end of it.. Can’t judge him on that. Those two would terrify most keepers.

  • ash1001

    Dec 14, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #8

    You after ‘CLICKS’ again Ed, you have already run this story once.
    Alnwick hopefully was watching De Gea this afternoon, that’s goalkeeping sorry Jak but you have a long way to go, and you should probably never have found yourself in this position. The Man to blame is clearly Pardew in the first instance for not having 3 experienced keepers available and Lee Charnley for not ensuring there was a recall in Darlows loan deal to Forrest – was it a case of penny pinching.


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