Possibly still shellshocked due to being catapulted into the first team at Newcastle, Jak Alnwick has admitted that leaving St. James’ Park is a possibility with his contract running out in the summer, though he still has his sights set on England – the young keeper having been previously part of the England Under 20 squad.
With both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot rule dout through injury, both Newcastle United and arguably Jak Alnwick himself, paid the price for United not having a more experienced third choice keeper.
Whether Alnwick himself should have been given his own opportunities earlier is a fair point and the young keeper believes that this made it extra difficult to hit the ground running when he was called upon. Though he is looking to get some more pitch time in his current loan spell at Bradford.
In seven and a half matches, Jak Alnwick picked the ball out of the net on 19 occasions.
Newcastle going out of both cups in the process, whilst the highlights were wins over both Chelsea and Everton.
With Karl Darlow completing his year loan at Forest and the likes of Freddy Woodman progressing from below, the writing looks on the wall for Alnwick.
However, when interviewed by Sky the goalkeeper still sees himself as potentially playing regular Premier League football and even being England’s number one:
“It’s a possibility (leaving Newcastle in the summer) but all that I am focused on is doing well for Bradford and in terms of the summer, that won’t be down to me, it will be down to behind the scenes.
“It is really difficult as I have had to wait a few years and then you are looking at two or three injuries, that is when you get your chance – it is really hard.”
“Most goalkeepers go out on loan and make their mistakes in League Two where it’s not highlighted as much – whereas my first game was Premier League and everything in the Premier League is highlighted.
“Every young goalkeeper is going to make mistakes but it is all about learning from it and playing more games.”
“I think there is a reluctance to put young keepers in but my ambition is to be England’s number one and number one at a Premier League club.”