Why Newcastle United Has Another Excellent Young Goalkeeper On Their Hands In Nathan Harker

The Magpies are not really short on goalkeepers, but Nathan Harker gets back the eye on what has been a big 2018 so far to the stopper. Newcastle United currently has four talented goalkeepers who fight for number one spot. In Martin Dubravka, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow, and Freddie Woodman, the club is not short of glove men and they will not make a dip in the January transfer window of that department.

But the fight of the team extends beyond the first team picture this season. Step forward, teenager goalkeeper Nathan Harker, who has shown for the second string this period after impressing Rafa Benitez again in March enough to win a place in mid-season training camp in Spain.

Harker was also a candidate for the match man at Notts County in 2-0 win in Checkatrade Trophy and is in the attention. Speaking after the victory at Meadow Lane, he told the media: “It was massive, but we knew it would be a challenge and we were prepared for it.

“We knew that Notts County would play physically, but we did get it. We knew after the first half that they would be disappointed to be backward and they would come out in the second half and looked at the lumps in the box and put us under pressure. I made a pair of saves in the first half, but it was not just me, it was the back four and from the back to the front we did it very well.”

Checkatrade Trophy has a long line of critics who are eager to put the competition down. The Premier League Under-21 team is welcomed by the organizers, but their presence is despised by lower league fans. That was certainly the case for United’s young weapons when they were abused at home fans on Tuesday evening.