The two Nottingham Forest players, goalkeeper Karl Darlow and center-back Jamaal Lascelles, who joined us this summer after singing on at Newcastle a year ago played quite a bit in pre-season.
But only Karl Darlow has landed up on the bench but there’s still time for Jamaal to improve on Tyneside, and hopefully be fighting soon for a first team place – that’s why Newcastle signed him.
Karl Darlow arriving at training on first day
Karl Darlow has played 111 times for Nottingham Forest and Jamaal has 62 game for them so they are both well experienced in the Championship.
Karl played for the Newcastle U21 side last night in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers and he’s earned rave reviews from U21 development manager Peter Beardsley.
This is what Peter said about Karl after the game on the Newcastle web-site:
“Karl was brilliant, from the moment he knew he was playing, right until the moment he left the dressing room after the match.”
“He’s a good leader and has plenty of experience from playing in the Championship – that’s why I made him captain, and he was excellent.”
Steve McClaren was there to watch the game last night, and it was the debut of 19 year-old striker Ivan Toney and he had a decent game but we think he may be sent out on loan to gain more first team experience.
Steve McClaren at the U21 game last night
Looks like Lee Charnley was also there next to Steve
It looks like Karl currently is the number two goalkeeper behind Tim Krul and ahead of Rob Elliot, and he will no doubt be pushing Tim Krul hard for a first team place.
Karl is already an accomplished goalkeeper and obviously now we know he’s also a first class professional with leadership qualities.
Tim will have to be on his toes this season to keep his place in the Newcastle nets, after he was uncharacteristically out of form under John Carver last season.