Newcastle United will be forced to call up Jak Alnwick to stand between the sticks for the club when they face Arsenal at the weekend because of injuries to both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, Express reports.
The 21-year-old was brought on for his Premier League debut in the remarkable 2-1 victory over Chelsea at the weekend and has been praised for his performance.
With the club’s first and second choice keepers out for around a month, it is likely that Alnwick will continue his role throughout the overloaded December round of fixtures.
Andy Woodman, who is part of the Magpies coaching staff revealed that even though the young keeper lacks experience, he believes all that will change once Alan Pardew hands him the number one role when the squad travels to the Emirates.
“Jak’s an incredibly mature young man.
“You wouldn’t think he’s just 21 when talking to him, or indeed watching him play out there.
“I wouldn’t have any worries about Jak because there is this calmness and assurance about him and against Chelsea his team-mates saw that and it gave them confidence.
“If Jak plays at Arsenal, I’d have absolutely no worries about it. He’ll handle the occasion. In fact, he’ll relish it.
“I’ve been speaking highly about Jak for years. I tell people that when Jak eventually breaks onto the scene, they’re going to see a very good young goalkeeper.”