Woodman Could Make His Newcastle Debut At Tottenham

The former Evening Chronicle sports reporter Alan Oliver is reporting in the People today that Newcastle could give 17 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman – the son of Newcastle goalkeeper coach Andy – his Newcastle debut at Tottenham on Wednesday night, in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup.

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Freddie Woodman – could make his debut on Wednesday at Tottenham

Newcastle are in a bit of a bind for the next seven games or so –  through to sometime in January, when either Tim Krul or Rob Elliot are fit again –  because we only have two inexperienced goalkeepers available – Jak Alnwick  and Freddie –  to play for the first team.

And if Jak cannot get the job done, we could see that damage Newcastle’s season – but that’s what happens when you start a season with only two experienced goalkeepers – the worst thing usually happens when you are not adequately prepared.

Newcastle have put Jak in a difficult situation for one so inexperienced at the top level.

Newcastle were hammered at Arsenal today 4-1 – and that’s five goals we have conceded in one and a half games since Rob Elliot was injured last Saturday against Chelsea and couldn’t continue after half time.

The People report is that Newcastle are concerned in case Jak Alnwick gets injured and misses  Sunday’s derby with Sunderland at St. James’ Park.

Another way to think about this is that if Jak does get injured,  we would probably qualify for an emergency loan deal, which we don’t at the moment.

If Jak was injured we would have only Freddie available as a goalkeeper – and that’s because Karl Darlow is on a season long loan deal to Nottingham Forest and cannot be recalled.

In that case Newcastle could appeal to have a goalkeeper brought in as an emergency,  and they would probably get approval  from the Premier League for that.

This is what a Newcastle source told Sunday People Sport:

“We could not rate Freddie higher. But would it be fair to play him in a derby match of such high intensity against Sunderland, which is what Alan Pardew would have to do if Jak got injured at Spurs?¨

“Pardew is now starting his fifth year in charge and whether to play Jak or Freddie at Spurs is probably one of the hardest decisions he has had to make.”

We’re sure the display by the Newcastle defense with the inexperienced Jak Alnwick in goal this afternoon, will be cause for concern for the manager.

The only way this thing is going to work until Tim or Rob return,  is if experienced defenders like Colo, Willo and Steven Taylor take control of things, and protect the goalkeeper.

We didn’t see much of that happen in today’s game at the Emirates – but it was probably just one of those games where we didn’t play well – and the Gunners were far too good for us on the day.

We would be very surprised if Freddie Woodman plays in goal on Wednesday night, because then Alan Pardew will (again) be accused of not caring too much about the local Cup competitions.

What do you think?

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45 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Alnwick will be injured in training this week.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #2

    What a stupid thing to say.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the same about all your posts.

  • Dulcinera

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d give Woodman the nod/chance against spuds. Alwnick looked shocking today. Everything he did except for his goal kicks looked amateur. Everything about him just looked pretty bleak.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #5


    You’re a funny guy

  • Dulcinera

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Aye i’m a barrel of laughs

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #7

    I didn’t think Alnwick was that bad, but he doesn’t look the goods either for 21, its unfortunate, but if he is found wanting, and you sense he might, then Eds criticism about unpreparedness is a fair one, but that is Newcastle under Ashley in a nutshell, and if we don’t get the conveyer belt of young talent right, we will struggle for any consistency.

  • Dulcinera

    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Could you tell me the signs of encouragement you see from Alwnick Jimmy?

    I’m usually pretty patient with young or foreign guys coming into the team, believing they should be giving time but nothing about Alwnick has shown me he has anything to be patient about. If he showed some sign of composure or raw class that the good players still manage to show glimpses of when they’re having a shocker i’d be more optimistic. He looks shaky as hell

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #9

    A poor performance. We really missed Sissoko. The completely inconsistent impossible to predict season continues.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think he had a shocker. He didn’t look solid, by the same token neither did Dummet. Colo didn’t play great either along with a few others, and Arsenal did play well and attacked well. I don’t know if he’s EPL quality, probably not, certainly at this stage, but that wasn’t a great display in front of him either. He’s 21, he’s been pitched in at the Emirates.

  • Dulcinera

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #11

    aye it’s a pretty big ask to go in at Arsenal, i suppose the word shocker is maybe a bit much when considered in the context of the whole teams display. Regardless I think he had a really bad game and looked out of his depth. still though, it’s only been 2 games so I can’t be so sure i suppose. We’ll know more if he plays the next 5 or 6 games.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #12

    By far the greater majority of youngsters don’t make it, or even get close. I don’t think Pardew really even wants Alnwick on the bench. Krul got his chance at 17 and looked good. Alnwick is 21, but here we are.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #13

    look at your tictacs first you plum

  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #14

    His kicking is better than Kruls to be honest.

    But that’s about it.

    Absolutely no chance of him ever making it with us in my opinion.

    League one/two keeper.

  • Belfast

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Nowt we can do about it like.

    Think Pardew will probably try and sign a goalkeeper on emergency loan if possible.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #16

    he cant, unless a lot like escape to victory,
    nowt wrong with his performance ,pardew should look at himself as well as others

  • mattnufc

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Alnick is probably our 4th choice GK – which other teams’ have great 4th choice GK’s??

  • Our Toon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Jesus Colback got 26% of votes? Do people actually watch games or just go with usual suspects weekly?

    Perez was very good, tactics were horribly wrong, cisse can’t play with his back to goal surely the manager knows this. Tiote had a higher pass percentage, more interceptions and higher tackle percentage than any other toon player yet he gets blasted from all quarters.

    Bottom line we sat back and invited Arsenal on to us which is the worst thing to do against them. To much respect shown to a struggling team!! Cisse has the best goals per mins played yet fans are asking for him to be benched!! Arsenal are to good but when they have time to pick passes they are unstoppable!!

  • geordielad880

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #19

    side to play spurs:–




  • geordielad880

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #20

    armstrong and riviere interchanging

  • toonincheek

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #21

    Out Toon,

    I read “Jesus Colback” and thought you were going
    to call him our saviour.

    I voted for him, with Perez being the only other option.
    Perez didn’t get any quality ball and had little support
    so couldn’t be effective.

  • geordielad880

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #22

    we need a Rb, cb, striker with ability to hold up the ball, and a right winger, sell:- bigi, tiote, willo, and i would consider offers for cabella, loan vuckic, armstrong, ferguson, and kemen

  • geordielad880

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #23

    in 3-4 years we could have:-




    if we have not already sold sissoko!!!

  • geordielad880

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #24

    khan on points for the boxing tonight

  • geordielad880

    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #25

    my side when everyone is fit:-



    ————————de jong

  • HTT

    Dec 14, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Dummett doesn’t look like a LB to me anymore, looked scared to really run with the ball today. I’d much prefer him to be given more time at CB with Haidara/Santon at LB.

    I don’t understand what Gouffran must do in training to warrant his inclusion in the team? The guy has 0 confidence and offers us nothing offensively. Our only good football this season has come when we’ve had wingers willing to run at defenders. What am I missing?

    I know we have injuries, but we still have players to play 4 3 3, Pardew did himself no favours today (once again).

  • Kebabacus

    Dec 14, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #27

    When everyone is fit:





    —————De Jong

    Has to be a Christmas tree at this time of year 🙂

    If De Jong is not all he’s cracked up to be then stick a Mitrovic/Big Andy-type fairy on top.

  • Chris

    Dec 14, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Ed writes:
    “……if Jak does get injured, we would probably qualify for an emergency loan deal, which we don’t at the moment”

    Are you sure about that?

    In case you’ve forgotten, this is what the Premier League spokesman said a few days ago:

    “Newcastle United are not eligible to sign a goalkeeper on emergency loan as they have three fit goalkeepers on the books, Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow.¨ “Only clubs with one fit goalkeeper are eligible.”

    So, according to that, if Jak got injured we would still have two fit goalkeepers on the books (Woodman and Darlow) and would therefore still not be eligible.

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #29

    We have to give credit to arsenal because they played very well with great determination and pace,that we looked struggle to cope with
    yest’y.The smartest thing they done was making their play very pacey ,with swift passing fb,that the likes of dummett and Janmaat clearly unable to deal with.Overall,we were second best and well beaten..
    And sorry for Alnwick, there is no way he is ready to play in PL,and I’m afraid is a big worry for our games ahead.He was responsible for the two goals we conceded, timing error and not being quick enough.He looked afraid to leave his goal and deal with the balls.Looked Nervous & no concentration.
    Apart from his goal kick,he is poor GK.
    Anyway, Arsenal deserved the win,no q’n…
    Now we have to regroup and bounce back and try to win the next games,starting wed at spurs,w/h will never be easy but become our favorite ground to succeed their recently..

  • willowdalerez

    Dec 14, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Ed – We should go with Alnwick he didn’t look poor today he looked like he had no defenders in front of him we were that poor! As for everybody beating up on Alnwick what are you thinking we have a chance to advance in a competition and you want to put in a 17 year old??? Pardew must think of winning something for us and I am certain he will go with Alnwick!

    Our Toon – Agreed Colback made some serious mistakes including some bad giveaways but Colo was by far the worst losing the ball, failing to mark his man and looking generally outclassed. Colback also had a (so far rare) poor performance today.

  • willowdalerez

    Dec 14, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #31

    Reyantoon – Think we can’t forget that Coback, Colo also looked shaky and that this was the lad’s first game away in the Prem and it had to be the emirates… on top of that we were lazy off the ball and though he didn’t score Welbeck had his way with us in the box setting up the penalty, nearly scoring and generally wreaking havoc. I’d give the lad a few more chances before we make blanket disclaimers he’s not prem class… all the more reason to play in the League Cup.

  • cwood30

    Dec 14, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #32

    When we played chelea wasn’t their keeper only 22, can’t put all the blame on the young lads shoulders but he should be taking his opportunity to get a new contract, hopefully he can put the last game behind him and not get caught like a rabbit in the headlights

  • Reyantoon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #33

    willowdalerez…Agree with all the talk of the GK being young,played away to big team,should get a chance and get more games but the lads positional instinct,timing and determination to deal/face the ball was shocking yesterday.I said b4 the game that it will not be a concern if we lose the arsenal game,bcoz it will never be easy to play them, even with their fringe players,but the score line should not be widened to four as I said it the two goals were the GK’s fault.From his look and movements,I don’t he is brave enough to deal with the tough fixtures ahead.
    Unless we find a way to sign emergency GK,that is a big concern!

    Apart from that,again, agree with u colback and colo,two of our in-form players, were average and looked shakey yesterday, thanks to Arsenal’s power, strength & pace.Colback particularly was well exposed in the middle.I don’t want to critisize our players much bcoz most of them were average or poor yesterday,
    again, thanks to arsenal’s power and pace.
    Overall,again, we were not good enough and even though I like jak to get another game in the league cup, that position is still a worry!!

  • ash1001

    Dec 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #34

    Victor Valdes is a free agent and fit enough to play, training with Man U, go get him.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 14, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #35

    You’d think Victor Valdes would be hoping for a longer deal somewhere better. Liverpool for example. But if you did manage to persuade him to come in as cover till Krul is fit, then you might as well release or sell one of Elliot and Alnwick in January and the other in the close season. Although I suspect both have been earmarked for release for some time anyway.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 14, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s weird that Tiote would even agree to be interviewed after that very ordinary tackle, (leg raised to midriff height, studs showing, double movement). It just makes him look like a scalliwag, when he says it was unintentional, even if it was, but it certainly didn’t look good in slow mo.

  • Diggedydaws

    Dec 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #37

    JS, they never look good in slo-mo.

    I don’t think Tiote played much faster than slo-mo yesterday either mind.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Remember Krul debut (if not mistaken 17 years old) in Europe is better than Alnwick

    5 goals in 85 mins concede is a bad record.

    we will lose all matches in december and january and be back at relegation

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 14, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #39

    I’m struggling for positives from yesterday, but that Peres goal was great, up there with the flick against Brom. Did he mean them? I guess he did, but there has to be a slice of luck there because they were both so inch perfect. I’m prepared to say great technique and planets line up, twice.

  • ash1001

    Dec 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #40

    You also have to look further than Alnwick, Willo’s and Dummitt are so slow in movement it unreal, for the penalty Dummitt got beat by welbeck by a yard over 4 yards. Sammi contributed very little – slowm, casual, no bite what so ever, Gouffran gets some stick but at least he tries.


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