We watched Karl Darlow’s nufcTV interview yesterday, and the 24 year-old came over very well – and he’s positive but also down to earth.
It will be a big challenge for the goalkeeper who played 111 times for the Nottingham Forest first team, and 18 other first team games while on loan at Walsall and Newport County.
Karl will now go up against Tim Krul and Rob Elliot to be the number one at Newcastle United in the coming season.
Karl Darlow in action for Forest last season
Karl even has a decent chance of starting fro Newcastle, with Tim Krul not playing well in the second part of the season.
But not many players did play well, and we are pretty sure we will see improved performances from the likes of Krul, Sissoko, Williamson, Coloccini and others under Steve McClaren, who is a much better and more experienced coach than John Carver.
This is some of what Karl said yesterday:
“My aim is to fight it out and see where I end up,” “I’ll do my best throughout pre-season and see where that leaves me at the end of that.”
“It’s been a long time coming and a long time for me waiting to come to the club. I’m obviously delighted and excited to be here and working hard.”
“Being at Nottingham Forest it was in the back of my mind and I wanted to give a good account of myself in my last season there.”
“Coming up here now is very exciting and I’ve been looking forward to it all summer. It’s been good and I’m looking forward to it. I’m getting to know the ins and outs of Newcastle, and it’s a new start for me.”
“I’ve come in with Jamaal, we know all about each other and we’re round the corner from each other (with their housing).”
¨It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to meeting the new lads and hopefully meeting some new friends.
“I’m hoping to better myself playing in the Premier League.”
Jamaal Lascelles is the 21 year-old England U21 center-back, who was also bought last summer with Darlow, and both were shipped back to Nottingham Forest on loan last season.
Whatever happens in pre-season and whoever is number one, we hope Newcastle keep all three experienced goalkeepers available this season – since most top clubs in the Premier League have three top goalkeepers in their rosters.
Whoever doesn’t make the bench could go out on loan to get first team games, but must be able to be recalled should one of our top two get injured.
That’s something we didn’t do last season, and something that Steve McClaren will be well aware of.
We wish both Karl and Jamaal the best of luck at Newcastle United, and certainly they both seem to be two very good characters keen to do very well on Tyneside.