It Makes A Great Story – It´s Just Not True

It´s not clear where the story that Newcastle United  are after Manchester United and former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes started.

But we suppose somebody saw that we are without Tim Krul for the rest of the season because of his serious ACL knee injury and looked around at which goalkeepers were available and came up with the former Barcelona stalwart who doesn´t seem to have a future at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal.

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Victor Valdes – not joining Newcastle

But Newcastle are better off at goalkeeper now than we have been far a long time – and certainly better off than we were last season.

Just less than a year ago we had only two experienced goalkeepers available in Tim Krul and Rob Elliot and when both were injured the inexperienced and untried Jak Alnwick had to come in for eight games.

This season we have three experienced goalkeepers in the squad in Tim Krul, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot and also 18 year-old Freddie Woodman is a budding star who has played very well on loan at Crawley Town this season.

Freddie has been recalled from that loan spell since Darlow is out with a foot injury for a few weeks and Rob Elliot will be in goal on Sunday against Norwich and Freddie will be on the bench.

In fact Karl Darlow was brought in last summer to give competition to Rob Elliot for the number two position to Krul, so we should be OK at goalkeeper with three good goalkeepers still available and they’ll have to fight it out for who plays in the first team.

So there will still be some good competition for the goalkeeper position and it´s extremely unlikely that Newcastle need to bring in another goalkeeper this season.

Of course we have been wrong before.


Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Another player we’re not going to get story.
    Ashley Out!

  • Jib

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Interesting viewing considering the time of year and where we are in the season.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #3

    The trouble is if we keep managing to survive (just) in the PL we’ll never get rid of the parasite.

  • firebug666

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #4


    Unfortunately very true, but relegation doesn’t mean the fat man will leave, A parasite will cling on till the last drop of blood before moving on.

  • Jib

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #5

    One of the things learned from the above is that the squad system and regular rotation of players will obviate a lot of injuries.
    Also a lot of injuries occur to regular bench warmers.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Yet another flaw exposed.

  • Jib

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Firebug and Ron

    Parasite is not the right word to use as both parties derive benefit.

    Ashleys relationship with NUFC is more like a pilot fish and a shark or whales and barnacles.

    Ashley is a symbiote

    It is a symbiotic relationship.

  • firebug666

    Oct 13, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #8



    A symbiote

    An organism in a symbiotic relationship. In cases in which a distinction is made between two interacting organisms, the symbiont is the smaller of the two and is always a beneficiary in the relationship, while the larger organism is the host and may or may not derive a benefit. See also host, parasite.

    Our Parasite said it himself:

    When asked what the relationship between Rangers, and Newcastle was with Sports Direct….

    “It is beneficial to Sports Direct”

    Only one benefactor “Sports Direct” Thefore he is a parasite.


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