United's Goalkeepers In Good Hands

Last updated : 28 May 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

United's  goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman tips Jak Alnwick to step up to the plate.

Andy Woodman: “I think you can always look at your squad in any department and want to strengthen, but there comes a point when you’ve got to look at what you’ve got and promote within.

“You’ve got to have belief in these young kids, that’s the point of producing them.

“Jak Alnwick has been putting in performances week in, week out, and not just for the under-21s, but on the training pitch.

“He trains with the first team pretty much every day, and I always think a good gauge for how good these kids are is the respect they gain from the other professionals.

"When you’ve got people like (Fabricio) Coloccini and (Yohan) Cabaye who have respect for this young goalkeeper, that tells me we’ve got a boy who can progress into a top keeper.

“I think Tim won all the (Newcastle) player of the year awards, so I take that as a sort of pat on the back for the job we did together.

“He’s had some pretty big injuries this year.

“Rob Elliot, I’ll shout this loudly, people still haven’t seen the best of him yet. He’s got so much more to come and I’m glad he’s surprised a few people.

“He hasn’t surprised me at all. I know we’ve got a very good player there, one I genuinely think is on the brink of international football with Ireland.

“I’m glad people have looked at and grown with him. You can feel there’s a real warmth towards Robbie.”



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