Morecambe boss believes Newcastle United loanee will learn from being dropped

Derek Adams says Jake Turner’s recent difficulties are all part of the youngster’s learning process with Morecambe.

Friday, 11th December 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 11th December 2020, 5:55 pm

The keeper, on a season-long loan from Newcastle United, was taken off at half-time in the Shrimps’ FA Cup win against Solihull Moors at the end of November.

His error had seen Moors take the lead at the Mazuma Stadium, four days after the 21-year-old was twice beaten from distance in Morecambe’s defeat at Salford City.

It was the latest in a run of mistakes from the youngster, admittedly one having his first taste of senior football.

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Jake Turner has found himself out of the starting line-up in the last fortnight Picture: Morecambe FC

Having played 17 games so far this season, Turner now has to look on as Mark Halstead has the chance to prove he is worthy of becoming the first choice shot-stopper.

However, as Adams outlined, Turner also has to respond in the right way to finding himself on the subs’ bench.

He said: “For any player, any young player as well, it’s about development.

“Development is a big word in youth football. It’s about dealing with disappointment, playing, recovering and enabling them to go again.

“That development has to be used in the way that’s best for the individual.

“Let’s not forget, he’s played nearly 20 games this season which is great for a young keeper.

“He’s out on his first loan from Newcastle and he’s had fantastic experience so far.”

At least in Halstead, Adams has an experienced keeper able to come in with little fuss.

The former Blackpool and Shrewsbury Town man had been limited to EFL Trophy and EFL Cup appearances in the early part of the season.

Having replaced Turner against Solihull, Halstead then kept a clean sheet in the Shrimps’ win against Barrow three days later.

The 30-year-old has previously turned in some matchwinning performances for the club, even if he was jettisoned in favour of Christoffer Mafoumbi after 12 appearances under Adams last season.

The manager maintained the switch also highlighted the options he has across the board if he wants to make changes to his team.

“As a manager, you have to make these decisions,” Adams said of changing his keepers mid-match.

“These decisions are always made for the benefit of the team. It doesn’t matter if it’s an 18-man squad, letting players go or changing players, it’s to try and get the best outcome for the football club.

“I think it’s great, though, that everyone has competition for places.”

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