Newcastle United are experiencing something of a goalkeeping crisis. Tim Krul is currently on the treatment table and back-up keeper Rob Elliot was taken off injured against Chelsea on Saturday. Third choice Jak Alnwick came on as a second half sub versus Chelsea for his professional debut and helped Newcastle hang on for the win but now Alan Pardew needs some cover.
It is understood by The Sun that Alan Pardew has targeted Chelsea’s third-choice goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on an emergency loan deal to help ease the crisis. Schwarzer is 42-years-old and currently sits behind Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech on the Stamford Bridge bench meaning it wouldn’t be an issue for Chelsea to let him leave.
The 109 time capped Australian international shot stopper began his career with Sydney based club Marconi Stallions before moving to Germany with Dynamo Dresden. He would only appear twice in the Bundesliga for Dresden before moving on to Kaiserslautern where he only played 4 Bundesliga matches. In 1996 Schwarzer joined Bradford City and began life in the first division before moving on to Middlesborough.
At Middlesborough Schwarzer established himself as an impressive keeper, appearing in 367 league fixtures for the Northern club. After 11 years at Middlesborough Schwarzer moved on to Fulham where he played 172 Premier League matches before going Chelsea in the summer of 2013. Even at 42 Schwarzer is still able to compete at the highest level and would provide Newcastle with vast experience.
By Gareth Thomas | December 8th, 2014