Newcastle Have Future England Goalkeeper In Their Ranks


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.

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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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4 comments so far

  • Harley

    Dec 4, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t see him wanting to “pick his nose” so maybe krul is off.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Without the advantage of seeing either of the two Forest boys play, it appears to be an amazing bit of business, as both have been in the International squad. The worse case scenario would be that Darlow gets sold on immediately and Krul stays.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Is this what Pardew means by putting the ball at risk?
    – its not sexy, its risky!

    Cisse revealed: “We just kept kicking the ball long in the first half and made things very difficult for ourselves. But the gaffer changed things at half-time and that helped us get back in the game.

    “At half-time the manager said that we had to keep the ball and play – play all the time, at every chance.

    “We knew we would get back in the game by playing football rather than kicking it long, and when we did that we scored straightaway.”

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  • mag92

    Dec 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Krul needs competition.

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