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New Player Sets Sights On First Team Place Next Season

9:43 am, Saturday, July 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

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.

Nottingham Forest v Blackpool - Sky Bet Championship

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Karl Darlow · Newcastle News · Premier League · Rob Elliot · Tim Krul

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jul 4, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    I hope we never see Williamson again!

  • 2 nut meg // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Charnley fiddles while NUFC burns……..just saying.

  • 3 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Load of hysterical twaddle —– just saying

  • 4 KevinLee // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:17 AM


  • 5 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Calm down dear

  • 6 lesh // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Why are we reportedly missing out on so many players?

    As we seem to rate targets’ worth below the reality if the final transaction, then it’s clear that whoever’s setting our valuation has got it wrong!

    As we all appreciate from the realities of life, a commodity is worth what the market will pay – our valuation not necessarily being the same as the market’s.

    In the case of Charnley’s regime, it would appear that they aren’t valuing players but are imposing a budget-controlled limit on spend.

    It follows therefore that we never seem to have room for negotiation beyond that predefined limit. We’re not missing out, we’re in effect opting out!

    Charnley appears to be trying to run his budget to the penny with no headroom for review and adjustment to suit the prevailing circumstances. In the light of that, we’re seeing yet another example of Charnley’s unsuitability for such a responsible role in a multi-million pound business.

    Another of Ashley’s cost-driven selection clangers is becoming obvious. Get rid!

  • 7 expatmag // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:26 AM


    Length of contract remaining.
    27 year old
    Just changed agents
    Appeared disillusioned
    No medals

    Yeah, I think Ashley would cash in if someone was desperate enough to pay top dollar.

  • 8 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    That just a load of hot air that has been repeated every window for 7 years , with just the names being changed.
    The worst thing is , I think you don’t really believe it.

  • 9 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM


    Who says any of the players reported were targets?

    U really think Balotelli, Konoplyanka etc are targets?? On 100k a week?

    Dont get so worked up by the press, inc Ed. Just coz a name is reported means nothing – 90% of the links come from agents getting their players name out there.

    At no point have i seen any evidence that Ince, Richards, Ings etc were ever targets, its all people guessing and others blindly believing them. It is the result of the social media age we are in now, so much more bullsh!t around.

  • 10 Mister Tuff // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Yet another attack by the blog pest ;-
    Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Did anyone see Mr Tuff crying like a baby and stamping his wee foot like a little girl yesterday , and whining that people were just attacking anything he put out just cos they were howwid and nathty and wicked wicked wicked.
    Read the goons post @11

    Jib – as usual another quality post from you. Why don’t you and all the other WUMS clear off. You are only about mischief making and abusing other posters.

    Ooh I wonder how Charley Austins grandad is – what a load of shyte.
    Once a knacker always a knacker.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    lesh…are you thinking about any specific player here?

    The rich club will always go above the value of any player they either want or don’t want rivals to get. It doesn’t make that fee the going rate as some on here mistakenly make it!

    I think you have a point though that whoever at Newcastle are doing the bidding believes you can underbid even for a player a club don’t want to sell unless the fee is in their favor.

    Our problem is we are looking at players each window who are priced out of our budget. We don’t want to pay that kind of money then look for some other players who match our finances.

    It’s quite simple actually. But for Newcastle it seems to be rocket science!

  • 12 expatmag // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:34 AM


    We shouldnt be surprised.

    A poster took issue with me today because I ridiculed his selection of signings because out of the 4 players he detailed, 3 of them would cost substantially more than 10 million pounds (abdennour, Cabaye and Austin). Incidently, the other he stated was Balotelli on loan.

    Now my memory may nit be what it once was but in the 8 years Ashley has been the owner, we have only spent 10 million pounds ONCE and that was for Colocini. Some might say Cabella cost 12 million but I can guarantee it was closet to 7 million pounds for him.

  • 13 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Sorry my punctuation lets me down again , the hysterical twaddle remark wasn’t about Timmy’s going (I think if Krul has to move it’s this season) it was directed at nutmeg.

  • 14 nufconceandfuturekings // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    That house of yours looks a bit of a dump, Dr Ed.

    Nada transfer deals. Plenty of speculation. No sightings in Byker chippie to confirm we’ve signed Tinky Winky.

    Will tune back in when:
    a] something’s actually news
    b] the Harrison house tour is available

    Have a good summer to all.

  • 15 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Tim’s staying or going could well be a pointer to what the Senior players think of the new coaching set up.If likes the cut of SM’s jib and thinks stuff may well be won , he will opt to stay.

  • 16 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:39 AM


    Agree in principal with the past under Mashley but as we have this well documented cash already in the bank and the tv money coming then we can surely be looking to increase our spending and still stay within the guidelines – therefore 1 or 2 players over 10m should not be out of our reach.

    Agree that Balotelli and Cabaye are non starters, but even staying within the oppressive rules we have self-imposed on the club we still have enough cash this summer to get a couple of big money players in.

    Still, still think Austin/Mitrovic and Thauvin will sign – not sure what logic there is mind, maybe just a fools hope.

  • 17 nut meg // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    I’m not the hysterical kind.

  • 18 Moonraker15 // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    If Darlow shows promise I’d sell Krul as he’s a liability especially his kicking which is essential for a top goalie these days!

  • 19 Slank // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Jib @ 15

    As I understand it, Krul is newly married to a local girl and has spend many years on Tyneside and together with so many fellow countrymen in the club why would he want to move ?

    Of course he may know that his wife has no say in the matter and that he has had enough of the North East and doesn’t like having so many Dutch people around ?

    Who is to say.

  • 20 mickalfas // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    About the going rate,there’s an old saying about its only worth what someone’s prepared to pay
    Hence why we have problems ,everyone’s prepared to pay more than us !!

  • 21 Barton // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Well i gave the club untill the first weekend of July to see some improvement befor i renewed,i should have known better,am jst one of the many,am off next weekend to Prague with the lads,will have more enjoyment peeing my season ticket money up the wall then lining Tubbs wallet.

  • 22 sing in the corner // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Mr Tuff

    Why so full of bile lately? With respect if you look at this morning’s posts there was quite a bit of football posting by most people for an extended time. Sure most people will have a go at the things each other say from time to time which is fine, and sometimes that can get over the top, but sadly every time I read your posts these days you seem on a crusade against or feuding with certain individuals. Just an pbservation…

  • 23 sing in the corner // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    * observation..

  • 24 kilcline // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Would like us to go down the youth route and beat the likes of Spurs and Liverpool getting these players first.

    Bryam, Mowatt and Cook from Leeds
    Gray from Birmingham
    Akpom from Arsenal
    Hughes from Derby

    Mac should know all of these players

  • 25 Slank // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Although Lascelles and Darlow are new to the club McClaren probably knows more about them than many others at the club because of the Championship.

    In the pre-season I expect to see many players tried out in games who hitherto have not played regularly for the first season last season who are considered first team material eg De Jong, Aarons, Marveaux, Tiote, Haidara and Saylor.

  • 26 Slank // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    * first team last season

  • 27 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    If SM can get Obertan looking like a footballer he deserves the freedom of the city

  • 28 clinath@ed // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Mr T….you do tend to kick the door in with all guns blazing mate. A bit like winding up the WUMs…

  • 29 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Krul is a good keeper and i’d hate to lose him to another Premier league club if it were to happen. Elliot and Darlow are not in the same league when it comes to experience and quality.

    This for me is the massive problem at NUFC. When we lose anyone of our first eleven we struggle, the gap in quality is never there to succeed. It all comes down to Ashley’s transfer blueprint and the worst injury list which haunts the Toon. Not the manager.

    Until these problems are rectified there will be plenty managers come and go and take the rap for it.

    Add in not backing the managers and hanging them out to dry when they need and it is no surprise we struggle and go on bad runs during injuries. Many at the Toon.

    The club is capable of much more if it is supported properly from above regardless of manager. Pardew, Carver, Sir Alex, Jose.. Would always struggle at the way things are ran.

    If you don’t fully back the man in charge he can’t be fully judged. It’s a constant struggle.

    I hope McClaren is backed fully but something tells me it’s another load of shite waiting to happen and a false dawn. He won’t get to build his own team and he will never be judged accordingly.

    But he will take the rap, when he really shouldn’t be because it’s not of his making.

  • 30 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Barton @21 – well said. If more people had that attitude we’d be rid if the Ashley blight. Unfortunately, too many supporters don’t have the courage of their convictions. They’ll moan and groan in the pub all week, and then obligingly turn up to the game because they don’t know anything different. Ashley has 50 odd thousand by the short and curlies, but the vast majority of them are oblivious to that fact. He really is having a laugh.

  • 31 lesh // Jul 4, 2015 at 11:20 AM


    Sorry to disagree with you but where we’ve been consistent over recent years is refusing to pay what other clubs have been prepared to pay.

    The eventual selling price and/ or agent commission and/ or wages for a player sets the market rate which may be different from our valuation. That being the case, our valuation represents only what we think a player’s worth, not the market value.

    Think about it, it’s the exemplification of the so-called free market where the market determines prices and standards etc.

    A prime example was that of Bony who we thought to be too expensive at a few million but was eventually valued and bought at over £20m, by Citeh.

    So, I’ll say it again, I believe that the valuations we decide may be out of kilter with the reality of the market-place.

    Charnley’s the MD and it’s uo to him to ensure things are done properly and in relation to the real world of Prem football in 2015 – not in the fantasy world that Charnley seems to live in.

    If he’s not up to such a key role as MD, then Ashley needs to replace Charnley before we’re fighting relegation for the third season in a row.


    I think I said reported targets, not targets we actually are chasing.

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