JAK Alnwick’s ready to put his nightmare in North London behind him – and help Newcastle United to a dream derby win.
Alnwick is fit to face Sunderland tomorrow after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in Wednesday night’s 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
A mistake from the 21-year-old, the club’s third-choice goalkeeper, led to Tottenham’s opening goal at White Hart Lane.
Alnwick had also been in goal for last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
United manager Alan Pardew, without injured senior goalkeepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, has spoken to Alnwick – who started his career at Sunderland – to assess his mood ahead of the game.
“I think it’s important to talk to players, particularly young players, and I would have been speaking to Jak whether he had made the mistake or not,” said Pardew. “So for sure, yes, I’ll be talking to him.”
Newcastle would have gone to the Premier League to ask for dispensation to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan had Alnwick’s injury proved more serious.
“We haven’t had to contact the Premier League because Jak was fine,” said Pardew.
“There was a slight problem with his shoulder, but he thinks it’s fine and the medical team will monitor him. Hopefully, he’ll be OK.”
On Alnwick’s error, he added: “I think he will deal with it – I think he’s a strong enough character to do that.”