Karl Darlow has every intention of becoming the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle, but the way Tim Krul has started off this season will make that very difficult for the former Nottingham Forest number one to break into the team on a permanent basis.
Karl Darlow – Newcastle’s number two goalkeeper
Karl joined Newcastle a year ago with center-back Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest, and they were both allowed to stay on loan last season at Forest, before joining up with the Newcastle first team this summer.
Newcastle were said to pay around £7M for the two players.
This is what Karl has said today:
“You can be out the side one game then in for the rest of the season.” “It’s about training as hard as I can and pushing Tim as hard as I can and waiting for my chance.”
“As second-choice keeper, it’s about patience, and I knew the situation when I came up here.”
“I’m still young and hungry to achieve big things,” “It’s exciting times for the club.”
Both Karl and Jamaal Lascelles made their debut in the League Cup tie with Northampton Town at home, which we won 4-1, and they will play in the next round, which is against Sheffield Wednesday at home on Wednesday 23rd September.
It seems that Darlow has settled in on Tyneside very quickly and he is now concentrating on doing his very best in training, and will be ready in case Tim gets injured at any time during this season.
Rob Elliot has dropped down to number three goalkeeper, but at least we have three experienced goalkeepers in the squad this season in case Tim and Karl get injured – that wasn’t the case last season.
We’re not sure what will become of Rob Elliot, who is now an Ireland International, but he may be loaned out, just as long as he can be recalled in case Tim or Karl get injured.
The Football League’s emergency loan window does open this week, so we may see Rob and one or two other Newcastle players loaned out.
But we’d also be happy enough to see players stay at the club, so we finally have some strength in depth in case of injuries and suspensions to our first team players, especially for the more experienced players.
24 year-old Northampton-born Darlow played 93 times for Nottingham Forest, and he also made another 36 first team appearances while on loan at Newport County and Walsall earlier in his career.
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