Newcastle to hand debut to academy prospect against Burnley - report

Newcastle's Jak Alnwick is in line for his first start for the club against Burnley this evening.

Jak Alnwick is set to make his Newcastle United debut against Burnley tonight, according to a report in the Chronicle

With Tim Krul out injured and Rob Elliot likely to miss the match because of a personal problem it means that Alnwick is next in line to be called into the club's first-team. 

The 21-year-old 'keeper has never played for the senior squad, but he is highly regarded following some impressive form for the club's youth sides. 

Alnwick comes from a goalkeeping family, with his brother, Ben, playing in League One for Peterborough United.

The youngster is regarded as the better of the pair, though, and has represented England at under-18 level in his career previously.

This will be an even bigger step for him to face and he will be hoping to prove to Alan Pardew that he is ready to perform a function for the senior team.

Alnwick's contract at St. James' Park expires in the summer, meaning that an eye-catching display is a necessity for him. 

Newcastle head into the game in good form, despite losing their last fixture to West Ham United, and they will be expecting a win.

Burnley are amongst the favourites for relegation this season and, if Newcastle are to make it into the European spots, these are the games that they need to be winning. 

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