Newcastle In Deep Goalkeeper Crisis – Here’s What To Do


If you plan for everything that can happen, then in my experience those things just don’t happen – and it’s a bit like the converse of Murphy’s Law – which basically says if something can go wrong it will, and at the worst possible time.

jak alnwick being chencked for shoulder

Jak Alnwick being checked for his shoulder injury

Newcastle have only two experienced goalkeepers in their ranks this season,  although officially we have five on professional contracts – Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow, Jak Alnwick and 17 year-old Freddie Woodman.

And once Tim Krul was out with an injury to his ankle – picked up in training – we were always worried in case Rob Elliot was injured.

And that happened in the Chelsea game – although he was apparently already carrying the thigh injury before that game – and since he had to leave that game at half time,  Newcastle have conceded 9 goals in just two and a half games.

Jak Alnwick was untested when he came in at half time at Chelsea – which is why it was always a risk for Newcastle to not have more cover at goalkeeper.

And in retrospect, when we agreed the loan deal to Forest for Karl Darlow, we should have ensured he could have been recalled in the event that Tim and Rob were both injured.

But it looks like Newcastle never thought through what would happen if both Tim and Rob were injured at the same time – and what we find out now is we are in big trouble.

We feel very sorry for Jak Alnwick – let’s say that up front – and he’s been put in a difficult situation with millions and millions watching the games on TV – and the expression on his face at the end of last night’s game told it all – the lad looked devastated.

Newcastle will seek an emergency loan – but unless Jak Alnwick is really injured then we have no chance of persuading the powers that be that we should have an emergency goalkeeper brought in.

That being the case, the only thing we can do until January 1st is to play Jak or Freddie as goalkeeper – and as we saw last night that can cost Newcastle games and points.

Rob will be back first it seems, but not until mid-January at the earliest, so maybe we go out and get a loan deal for an experienced goalkeeper that can start on January 1st.

Here are the games we have to play – and we still have three games to play before January 1st.

December
Sun 21	13:30	H	Sunderland			
Fri 26	15:00	A	Man Utd				
Sun 28	16:15	H	Everton				
January
Thu 01	15:00	H	Burnley	
Sat 03  15:00   A       Leicester - FA Cup			
Sat 10	15:00	A	Chelsea				
Sat 17	17:30	H	Southampton				
Sat 31	12:45	A	Hull City

Notice that this all comes at the worst possible time, when we have a flood of fixtures in the holiday period, and it’s not only the Premier League games, but the Capital One Cup and FA Cup matches are also included when we don’t have an experienced goalkeeper.

We don’t know if it’s possible to bring in a goalkeeper on loan on January 1s, and then play him that day at home to Burnley, but he could play in the FA Cup two days later.

Doing that would at least restrict the games we don’t have an experienced goalie between the sticks to only three more games, but that includes the game at home to Sunderland – who must be thinking Christmas has come early because of Newcastle’s lack of foresight.

And that in a nutshell is what it is.

As we said earlier, when you don’t plan for something it usually happens – that’s something I found out during my years at IBM and I planned for most things when I was running the Network Consulting Group – just to make sure they would never happen. 😀

Lack of foresight can also be very costly, and since each place in the Premier League is now worth around £2M – Mike Ashley should be in the discussions about what to do – before Sunday’s game against Sunderland.

Note – the breaking news is that Jak Alnwick has been passed fit for the game against Sunderland on Sunday.

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77 comments so far

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    We are well and truly fcuked.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #2

    is there no unattached keepers available on pay as you play basis

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  • hibbit

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #3

    good thinking john way ahead of the club

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    liversedge, berthelin,any old lump will do do for percy

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Tudor,
    We can’t get any of those as we have a fully registered 25 man squad. They wouldn’t be eligible until 1st Jan when we can change the squad. An emergency loan is the only way for the next 3 games, but I doubt we will get permission.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    verbist any old git will do

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #7

    i was thinkin 1 of jan

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe

    Easy solution there, terminate Ferreyra’s loan.

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  • barkel

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d say David James would be mad for a game!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Tudor,
    Fair enough, we would then have to bump someone from the squad. Kuszcak is available, or a real coup would be Valdes, although I don’t know if he is fully fit yet. Someone posted a list of free agent keepers in the UK last night, and only really Kuszcak was any cop in his hey day. May be others in Europe, but whether any are actually decent is another matter. They will be unattached for a reason.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Victor Valdes is on a free he’s an unattached player however the catch is the amount he’d want in wages. He was Barca no 1 keeper for many years. Problem is we won’t pay his wages. If I was premier league I’d tell us to piss off you stingy fuc**

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Irish,
    Still can’t be registered until Jan though.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    krul would go ashley will rub his greedy little pork trotters at the thought

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Our Toon,
    Valdes may do it on a 3 week contract to demonstrate fitness leaving him still available to join another club when Elliot is back fit. I think that would be within rules.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Tudor

    Haha, could you imagine this team without sissoko and krul. Well, you will soon see it for your own eyes once january passes..

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  • TikiTakaAcca

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    I never really post but here it goes ..

    Alnwick is poor.
    BUT all I see is people saying ‘Play Woodman’.
    How can people be that deluded ?

    Goalkeepers play until their late 30s and last longer for a reason.
    They get better with age.
    17 year olds are not going to be good in goal, they will be horrid.

    Goalkeepers don’t become good until they’re 19/20.

    It’s not like playing a 17 y/o whizkid out on pitch.
    If you watch u17 games and so on, the keepers are so bad it’s unreal.
    They’re still a BOY.

    And people wanting him to play in a Derby ?
    Hahahahaha.
    You’re as deluded as Pardew.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    TikaTaka

    I now know why you dont post a lot. Because when you do you insult fellow fans. Deluded you say, what?! For having a different opinion… Dont make me laugh.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #18

    what happened to alnwick then
    newcastle or pardewed

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  • toonking

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #19

    the simple fact is our squad is much worse than some of you think it is and that evince which proves it is the likes of OBATAN, DUMMETT, SAMMY and saylor as well as youngsters like armstrong and perez, there is no way any decent team capable of getting results every week would consider those who recently were believed to be awful and youngsters as being the most vital part of that team.

    right now the only player we have that is a decent senior is sissoko.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Tudor

    Newcastle is Pardewed so thats not really a choice… 😀

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #21

    square pegs
    hammered into oval holes
    screwed by pardewed

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #22

    LG

    It’s a perfect scenario with Valdes, as you sign him on a 1 month contract, at the moment he’s training with man utd because he has no club. Seems like a no brainer. Would be perfect for both us and Valdes!!

    Makes you wonder why we have considered this!!

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Crashing out of the cup …. Job done Pardew.

    Isn’t it club policy to lose in the early rounds of the cup?

    That’s why I no longer allow myself to dream about this club winning a cup.
    I rarely post on here. It was daily.
    I’m not wasting any emotional energy supporting a club who aren’t trying to win.

    If we’re in a UEFA league spot … last day of the season.
    Will Ashley tell Pardew to play that great team you selected for Spurs?
    Ashley doesn’t want the Europa League that’s for sure.

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  • Thump

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t think we can sign keepers on a free because we have a 25 man squad (unless we can convince the powers that be to do it under the emergency rules, not 100% sure how that works tbh). Emergency loans will fall outside of the squad rules so we’ll be fine with that.

    Knowing Fatman and the Dunce, we’ll end up with some tripe from League 2.

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  • barkel

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #25

    The thing is as some have pointed out our 25 man squad is full, we can’t sign anyone until January when we can change the list

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #26

    That 25 man squad list can be changed if we ask the premier league. Didn’t we register one of the forest lads even though they wouldn’t return?

    Playing dummett at RB yesterday was up there with having Santon as a DM against Chelsea!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Our Toon,
    It can only be changed during transfer windows mate. No, neither Forest lad was registered. Lascelles was included in our pool of U21 players that don’t need registering at all.

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #28

    I feel sorry for Jak Alnwick.
    Thrown in the deep end.
    If he can come through this without his confidence irretrievably shattered then he’ll become a great keeper.

    Scum then Man U away … Merry Christmas.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #29

    What about if the club put down either Willo or Gouffran? Then would the FA let us add another player?

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Victor Valdes is a very good idea, so we can ignore that.

    What’s Lionel Perez doing?

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  • hibbit

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    i see on here jak is taking all the flak there were 10 others on the pitch and the man in charge on the touch line

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Shay Given, or Mark Shwarzer, could join us in January.

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  • Thump

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #33

    @Our Toon: We have Lascelles in our u21 squad, but not in our 25 man squad (http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2014-15/sep/premier-league-squad-lists-2014-2015.html)

    Is there a precedent for altering the 25 man squad under these circumstances? As far as I was aware it was stuck like that until Jan.

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Alnwick, couldn’t get a game for Alnwick Town!

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Antonio Adan, is a free agent!

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  • hibbit

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #36

    shay and pards don’t get on deal unlikeley

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  • martoon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #37

    From last topic:
    Catchy & John @54 & 55 – Sorry for the delay replying I had to do some work
    No I was not happy last night in fact I was angry at the way we were humbled. However I do have some sympathy with Pardew with the present injury crisis and like it or not it is a factor – especially the keeper.
    Catchy – a lot of teams keep it tight and try not to concede at the beginning of games so you can’t lay that one on Pardew alone. Defences tire and also we’ve brought on Cisse often in the second half – not ideal but a contributory factor. Against Chelsea we were brilliant – probably our best premiership performance of the season.
    Listen I’m 50 – 50 on Pardew but I believe in this particular situation he is doing OK.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #38

    alnwick thrown in at the deep end? poor lamb he’s a grown man paid to do a job and he’s not much good at it either

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  • mag92

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Tim Wiese, is another freebie!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #40

    mag92,
    Where did you see that Adan is a free agent? Still very much a Betis player. He has even played 17 times for them this season.

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