Newcastle’s 24 year old goalkeeper Karl Darlow and 21 year-old center-back Jamaal Lascelles were signed from Nottingham Forest in the summer, and both are expected to join the Newcastle first team squad next season and fight for a place in the Newcastle line-up.
Karl Darlow – playing well for Nottingham Forest
The players were signed for a joint £7M by Newcastle, and both are highly rated and were sent back to Forest on a season long loan deal.
47 year-old former England and Blackburn goalkeeper Tim Flowers became the goalkeeping coach at Forest in July, and he has some good things to say about Karl the goalkeeper:
“He has to aim for the stars, but he is a confident kid.” “When you look at the ages of the lads who are around and about the England set up at the minute, they are not going to be coming to the end of their careers in the near future.”
“But the more English lads who are around that, the better, and Karl can be – Karl can be very, very good. There is no question of that.”
“And there will be a point in his career where he will look to get into the England set up.” “Firstly he has to establish himself at Newcastle. Will he start there next season? I don’t know.”
“The be all and end all, at his age, is to be playing football every week and to be learning from that,” “He is a good kid, he is a hard worker and he trains with a smile on his face.”
“He is not going to get into the England squad if he is not playing, so he will need to get into the team at the next level up.” “His next hurdle will be to get into the team in the Premier League.”
“He is at a really good age and is just coming into his time. He is not there yet and it could be two or three years before he gets there.” “I don’t know what is in Newcastle’s mind. We know he is their player after this season.”
Darlow made his debut for Nottingham Forest back in May of 2011 and has so far played 88 times for the club, and he will challenge Dutch International Tim Krul for the number one jersey at Newcastle next season.
And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has proved this season that if you play well enough, you will get into the Newcastle first team and stay there.
It has happened this season for former fringe players like Gabby Obertan and Sammy Ameobi, so next season it will up to Karl to show he is good enough to be Newcastle’s goalkeeper.
It’s really as simple as that, but he will have tough competition with the highly rated Tim Krul, but Karl will know that.
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