Newcastle’s initial overtures to the Premier League for an emergency goalkeeper last week were rejected out of hand, but the Mail are now reporting that Newcastle may go back and argue their case again.
Jack Alnwick – no chance with this Giroud header
Newcastle didn’t play well on Saturday at Arsenal and Jak Alnwick looked a little nervous in goal, and was beaten by two shots from narrow angles from Cazorla and Giroud in the second half, but they were also well taken goals.
To be fair to Jak, he had no chance with the other goals – a great (but) unchallenged header from Giroud after 15 minutes, and a penalty from Cazorla with a couple of minutes to go – and the stats show that Arsenal had four shots on target in the game.
Alan Pardew is hoping Jak will take what is a great opportunity for him, since his contract is up at the end of June:
“He is the sort of guy you would want to do it. He’s a good, honest guy, humble and another local.”
“I can probably look at one Arsenal goal and say Jak may have been at fault.” “Other than that I thought he was pretty sound.”
And we wouldn’t be too surprised if there’s some discussion going on behind the scenes at Newcastle, about what to do about the goalkeeper situation.
That’s because we have tough games coming up at Tottenham (Capital One Cup), Manchester United, Leicester City (FA Cup) and Chelsea.
We also have some tough home games against Sunderland, Everton and Burnley before mid-January so there are five Premier League games and games in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup – before either Rob Elliot or Tim Krul are likely to be fit.
That could be our season right there, as to how we fare in those games, and before we had the injury to Rob Elliot Alan Pardew had said the December games could make or break our season.
The PL said we don’t qualify for an emergency loan because we have three contracted goalkeepers – Karl Darlow, Jak Alnwick and Freddie Woodman, and you can only have one to get an emergency loan deal for a goalkeeper.
Newcastle could argue that Karl Darlow is not available since we cannot recall him from his loan at Nottingham Forest, and therefore shouldn’t count, and we would win that one.
But we still have two professional goalkeepers under contract in Jak and Freddie, and one would have to get injured to qualify.
We could make an ordinary loan deal for a goalkeeper on January 1st, but by then we would expect Rob or Tim to be fit again – or very close to it.
It’s a difficult situation for Newcastle to be in, and that’s why most big Premier League clubs always have three experienced goalkeepers in their squads, so they can easily deal with situations like Newcastle now face.
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