Patience seems to be paying off for 22-year old Newcastle United goalkeeper Jake Turner, who has impressed in his last two games on loan at Colchester. He joined the League Two side on a short-term loan in August but it was a slow start for Turner, who initially found himself second choice behind Shamal George.
However, Turner got his chance when George sustained a hip injury against Stevenage in a 1-0 defeat more than a week ago. The loanee came on three minutes into the first half and kept a clean sheet. He has played two games since and put in some great performances for the U’s.
His first full appearance came against Exeter City, a team on a 20-game unbeaten run. Colchester came away 3-1 winners with an impressive outing by Turner. The stopper featured in the League Two team of midweek along with U’s manager Hayden Mullins.
Newcastle youngster Turner grabs his opportunity at Colchester
The U’s then hosted Newport County last Friday. Yet again the Newcastle loanee put in a top performance in a 1-1 draw. For the second week running, Turner made the League Two team of the week.
Turner wants to show what he’s capable of
Turner is more than happy to step up for Colchester and do his bit for the team. He told the Colchester Gazette: “The main thing as a 22-year-old keeper is to get games. The more games you play, the more experience you get.
“But even when I wasn’t playing, I’ve felt like I’ve been training well and I was always ready for my opportunity.
“You have to show the manager, the coach, the staff, the players what you can do and, hopefully, I’ve done that. Even from when I first came here, I feel like I’ve come on a lot.”
Second loan will boost keeper after shaky spell at Morecambe
In summer 2020, Newcastle loaned Turner to Morecambe. He was the League Two side’s fifth signing of the season and made 17 league and cup appearances in his first taste of senior football. However, Turner only kept three clean sheets and made some costly errors.
His last appearance came in November that year against Solihull Moors in the FA Cup, where he dropped a clanger. Turner didn’t make the Morecambe first team again and was recalled by Newcastle in late January to play for the U23s.
Should Turner maintain his current form, you’d think he’d earn a loan extension until the end of the season. Colchester boss Mullins may have a dilemma on his hands when Shamal George returns from injury.
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