Alan Pardew admits criticism is justified
Alan Pardew has revealed that only days before Jak Alnwick made his debut against Chelsea, the young goalkeeper had knocked on his door to have a go at him.
Twenty one year old Alnwick is one of ten players who see their contracts ending in June (with a further 11 ending in June 2016) and he criticised Pardew for never having been given a chance to show what he could do.
“He (Jak Alnwick) came to see me last week and was very critical of my management of him, saying he had never had a chance and that he was very disappointed because his contract was up.
“It is very difficult. I don’t know because he has never had the chance to go on loan or show himself.
“He answered it all and he has got every right to say we have been harsh on him.”
Obviously giving opportunities to goalkeepers is the most difficult of the lot because it is only one space in the team to share around.
However, I do think there is a case for saying that when you have such an inexperienced goalkeeper as your number three, it is worth trying to give him at least a few matches just in case…
As Saturday showed, you are only one injury away from having your number three goalkeeper on the bench and at risk of being called into action.
Last season we ended up with a lot of more or less meaningless matches as the season faded to dust – no relegation threat and no chance of Europe.
Along with other younger players, surely that was the ideal time to give Adam Armstrong, Remie Streete, Jak Alnwick and others a few chances to show what they can do and gain valuable experience before being possibly thrust into vital games against the very best.
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