How Jak Alnwick plays tomorrow afternoon could have a bearing on what Newcastle do when the January transfer window opens, because if Jak cannot do the job, then it’s very possible that Newcastle will bring in another goalkeeper on loan, once the transfer window opens.
Jak Alnwick – still has a big chance
With Tim Krul and Rob Elliot both out for at least another four weeks – Newcastle still have eight games to play before the end of January – which is in a short six weeks time.
This is what the Newcastle manager has said about Jak’s situation today:
“I’ve certainly had a chat with Jak and I would have done that if he hadn’t made a mistake, because I think it’s important to talk to young players when they come into the first team.”
“I think he was unlucky with his mistake because he got punished severely for it.” “He’s laid-back, but he was upset and apologetic. He’s a local boy and he wants to make amends in terms of a real performance, and all my staff are wishing that happens.”
“We have to be very, very careful, because one injury to Jak or Freddie and we do need a keeper.” “So have we made phone calls? Yes. Are we looking at options? Yes.”
We are all hoping that Jak has a really good game tomorrow, as he had in that second half against Chelsea, on his debut appearance for his home town club.
There are a number of ways this can turn out – the one we prefer is for Jak to start playing well and he holds the fort until Tim or Rob are fit again, but that’s going to be a tough test for a goalkeeper who has as little experience at the top level as Jak has.
Of course if Jak is injured, Newcastle would qualify for an emergency goalkeeper to be brought in on loan and there are a number of experienced goalkeepers who would be available – and they would jump at the chance to play for Newcastle in the Premier League at the highest level – say through the end of January.
If Jak’s form is not good, we’re sure Newcastle will be making arrangements for another goalkeeper to come in on loan – probably on January 1st.
As we said, we hope that Jak can play well for the Magpies and get the job done over the next month or so, but Newcastle should be planning now for the various alternatives.
Newcastle should have foreseen what could happen if Tim Krul and Rob Elliott were both injured at the same time, but the possibility of that happening never seems to have entered their heads.
That’s not good planning.
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