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.


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