Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed he could ask the Premier League to allow the signing of an emergency goalkeeper after third-choice Jak Alnwick was injured in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, BBC
Alnwick has been deputising for No.2 Rob Elliot and first choice Tim Krul, who are both sidelined with long-term injuries, but he himself was hurt as the Magpies fell to a 4-0 League Cup reverse.
Pardew only has 17-year-old Freddie Woodman to call on if Alnwick is ruled out and said after the match that he didn’t want to throw the youngster in at the deep end, with the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland the next fixture.
“There is no way that a 17-year-old should be allowed to go in goal at Premier League level,” Pardew said. [Alnwick] has an injury to his shoulder so we’re going to have to see. We will perhaps talk to the Premier League about Jak’s situation.”
It was said last week that with Alnwick and Woodman both available, Newcastle would not be permitted to sign a more experienced stand-in. The club does have Karl Darlow on loan at Nottingham Forest but it’s not thought there is a recall clause in the agreement.
Alnwick’s senior debut came as a substitute for Elliot in the win over Chelsea, while he was also in goal for the weekend’s 4-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
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