There are reports coming though that our two players at Nottingham Forest, 24 year-old goalkeeper Karl Darlow and 21 year-old center-back Jamaal Lascelles are not playing all that well at the moment.
Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles
Both recently lost their places in the Forest side towards the end of the short reign of former manager Stuart Pearce.
Darlow started the game at bottom placed Blackpool on Saturday in preference to 34 year-old Dutch keeper Dorus de Vries, and Lascelles was brought on in place of the injured Jack Hobbs after 42 minutes.
And it was really late in the game when the Lee Clark managed Blackpool scored their equalizer, when substitute Ferguson scored seven minutes into stoppage time – otherwise it would have been three wins in a row for new manager Dougie Freedman.
At the time of their equalizer Blackpool were down to nine men following the sending off of Aldred and a late injury to Darren O’Dea.
Reports of the game say the pitch at Bloomfield Road was not good and was very bumpy.
But after the game Forest fans took to social media and were pleased they have already received £7M from Newcastle for Karl and Jamaal who didn’t have good games.
- “Feel sorry for Newcastle getting Darlow and Lascelles.”
- “I cannot see Lascelles or Darlow getting near the NUFC team next year. They’ll be loaned out again. Hopefully not to us again though.”
- “£7million for Darlow and Lascelles…….what a genius piece of business, come and fetch them now .”
So you get the idea.
But you also have to think of the psychology of the situation and Forest fans were up in arms last summer when Newcastle signed the two of them, who had good seasons last term.
Also after a great start to the season Nottingham Forest have slumped badly, which is why Pearce was fired in early February by Fawaz Al-Hasawi and former Crystal Palace and Bolton manager Dougie Freedman brought in.
Fawaz Al-Hasawi has been the owner of Forest for only two and a half years, but Freedman is now his sixth manager at the club. 🙁
Jamaal has played for Forest 11 times this season and 49 games with three goals overall – Karl Darlow has played 26 times this season and 75 times overall for Forest (DeVries has played five games in goal this season).
Nottingham Forest have 41 points from 31 games and are in 10th place and 12 points off a play-off place.
Both Darlow and Lascelles will be welcomed to Newcastle in the summer, and it will be a clean slate for the two of them to prove they can become good players for Newcastle.
We hope that’s what happens.
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