This Is Newcastle´s Goalkeeper Plan For This Season

One of the reasons Karl Darlow was brought in over the summer and signed a year ago was so that Newcastle had three experienced goalkeepers at the club in case Tim Krul was injured.

We got into a mess last season when both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot was injured and we had to play the inexperienced and untested Jak Alnwick for eight games.

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Stephane Ruffier – Saint Etienne 29 year-old goalkeeper

The club wanted to ensure that didn´t happen again – or at least we assume that´s what they wanted.

It´s a cruel blow to lose Tim Krul for the season but we now have Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot available, although Karl has a foot injury at the moment and will not return for another four weeks,  but he could be available for the heavy fixture list in December.

Newcastle have recalled Freddie Woodman from his impressive loan spell at Crawley Town, so he´ll be on the bench this Sunday and will be back-up goalkeeper until Karl is fit again.

Newcastle have already been linked with goalkeepers that we may sign in January, including Manchester United´s Victor Valdes although there´s news today we are not really interested in him.

We don´t think Newcastle will be interested in bringing in a goalkeeper in January as long as things go OK until then and that Karl returns in four weeks and Rob Elliot stays fit.

Only if the form of our reaming goalkeepers is not good – or more get injured – that´s when we would go in and sign somebody in January.

And our injury record so far this season is maybe even worse than last season – and that´s saying something.

The worry is that Rob Elliot´s thigh injury is dodgy – that´s the one he picked up when he played injured when Tim Krul was first  injured last season and before Rob´s thigh finally went and Jak Alnwick came in for the second half at home to Chelsea in early December.

If Rob gets injured before Karl is fit again we would be able to sign an emergency goalkeeper.

The latest goalkeeper we are linked with is 29 year-old Saint Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier, who is available in January.

If Newcastle are forced to buy a goalkeeper in January we had far better bring in a good one – or at least get a good one on loan for the second half of the season.

But if all goes well in the next four weeks until Karl Darlow is fit again we wouldn´t expect another goalkeeper to arrive in January.

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