Goalkeeper Karl Darlow joined his former team-mate Jamaal Lascelles in the first day of training at Newcastle yesterday at Benton, and it must be an uncertain time for Karl after he has been first team goalkeeper at Nottingham Forest for a couple of seasons, and he will now compete with Tim Krul and Rob Elliot for the number one spot at Newcastle.
24 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow arrives yesterday at Benton
Karl played 111 times for the Nottingham Forest first team and he also played on loan at Walsall (10 appearances) and Newport County (8 appearances) so at 24 the 6¨ 1¨ tall goalkeeper has had quite a few first team games in his career.
This is what Karl has said after his first day of training:
“Coming here now is very exciting.” “It’s like the first day at a new school! It’s nice to meet new people and learn from people who’ve got vast experience in the Premier League.”
“I’ll do my best in pre-season and see where that leaves me.”
It’s not certain that Tim Krul will stay at Newcastle, and he is set to have talks with new head coach Steve McClaren – but we hope we can have three experienced goalkeepers on board this season – which we haven’t had for a few years.
Last season we had to play Jak Alnwick for eight games when both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were injured, and the top clubs have three goalkeepers because its such a unique position.
We like to see all three goalkeepers at Newcastle come September and then possibly Steve McClaren can send out impressive 18 year-old Freddie Woodman so he can get some first team games.
We wish Karl Darlow all the best in this career at Newcastle United.