Pardew gives expected return date for Tim Krul
Alan Pardew says that he doesn’t expect Tim Krul, or indeed Rob Elliot, back until mid-January at the earliest.
That would mean at least [intlink id=”191″ type=”page”]seven fixtures[/intlink] without either of the first two choice goalkeepers.
“I don’t think that they will be back until mid-January, it is a long wait.”
However, if Newcastle do progress in the two cups then there are games in rapid succession following that Southampton Premier League match. In the week and a half following that match against the Saints, you have the two legs of the Capital One Cup and the fourth round of the FA Cup.
It would look a no-brainer that Newcastle bring in a short-term keeper once the January window opens, even if Jak Alnwick rises to the occasion – having a 17 year old untried keeper on the bench isn’t a great plan.
On the subject of Jak Alnwick, Alan Pardew had a slightly strange way of giving him praise after the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, saying he was to blame for only one of the goals;
“I can probably look at one goal as Jak maybe at fault.
“The second, he might have wanted to stay in his goal a bit longer without coming out, other than that I thought he was pretty sound.”
Alnwick not to blame;
“I can’t lay any blame at his door for this result and he goes to the next game.”
“This is a guy who’s got in a short period of time an opportunity to make a big name for himself, he’s the sort of guy you would want to do it.
“Jak has to prove he’s a goalie, and a top goalie.”
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