Jak Alnwick 'very lucky' to have Pardew as a manager - Woodman

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The Newcastle United goalkeeping coach is delighted the 21-year-old will get his first Premier League start against Arsenal.

Jak Alnwick is 'very lucky' to have Alan Pardew as a manager, according to Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman.

The 21-year-old looks set for his first ever Premier League start when the Magpies travel to Arsenal this weekend, with the Premier League reportedly having denied Newcastle the chance to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan.

And Woodman believes Alnwick is lucky to have a manager in Pardew that is prepared to place his faith in young players.

“Jak’s an incredibly mature young man. You wouldn’t think he’s just 21 talking to him or indeed watching him play out there," the Newcastle coach is quoted as saying by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

“I wouldn’t have any worries about Jak because there is this calmness and assurance about him, and I think against Chelsea his team-mates saw that and it gave them confidence.

“He’s like a lot of young English players, bags of talent and good character but it’s all about getting the chance and as a goalkeeper, it’s even harder to be given that chance.

“We’re very lucky here at Newcastle to have a manager who plays young footballers. In circumstances you do not always want, like [against Chelsea] with Rob having to come off, Jak has done his own prospects no harm at all.”

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