Newcastle are in a lot of trouble with all the injuries we have at the moment, and one area where it has cost us tonight is goalkeeper, with Jak Alnwick having a poor game at White Hart Lane, and being directly responsible for two of Tottenham’s goals in the 4-0 thumping.
Jak Alnwick just before dropping the ball for Spurs’ first goal
But because Jak Alnwick has picked up an injury tonight, there is news that Newcastle will make a new appeal for an emergency goalkeeper because we only have 17 year-old Freddie Woodman available – and that meets the requirements to get an emergency goalkeeper.
We do have Karl Darlow – but he is not available because he cannot be recalled from his loan at Nottingham Forest, so Karl doesn’t count.
The news is that Jak Alnwick suffered a shoulder injury after 71 minutes, but after some treatment he continued.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game, which was a second four goal hammering in a row:
“Jak has an ACL on his shoulder, so we’re going to have to see.” “There’s no way a 17-year-old – Woodman – should be allowed to go into a game at this level.”
“It is something we are going to have to look into – perhaps we’ll talk to the Premier League about Jak’s situation – I’ll have to speak to the Chief Executive.”
“I think all of us in the squad were so desperate at half-time to try to resurrect it for him (Jak).”
“He was so unlucky on the second goal – it catches Colo’s heel.” “It’s a cruel game – Jak’s in the firing line – there’s a lot of pressure on him.”
“I’m not sure (if Jak will have to be independently examined), but the rules do allow a goalkeeper if you’ve only got one senior fit goalie.”
Pardew said that they have not yet identified a possible loan goalkeeper, but first things first, and Newcastle will need to get permission first – and then the question will how long will Jak be out for with the injury.
There is news tonight that Newcastle may go after Wigan Athletic’s 32 year-old Ali Al-Habsi on loan, and he played 91 times in the Premier League for Wigan.
But it’s not clear to us Newcastle yet have a solid case for an emergency goalkeeper, since he was able to continue tonight.
Hopefully next season we will have Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow as three experienced goalkeepers in the squad.
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