Newcastle fans are just about getting over the shock of losing Rob Elliot for over six months after he badly injured his knee playing for Ireland on Tuesday night – and that was a real nightmare for Newcastle in our survival battle.
But let’s remember that Karl Darlow is a good goalkeeper, lacking only in Premier League experience, and he will have Rafa Benitez and his experienced coaches behind him when he starts for us on Saturday at Carrow Road in what is a vitally important game for the Magpies.
And he will have Newcastle fans right behind him who will know it is a big ask for the 25 year-old – if only because of his lack of Premier League experience.
Karl Darlow in action against Northampton Town in League Cup
But there is a good reason why Newcastle signed up this lad almost two years ago from Nottingham Forest and that’s because he has a lot of ability.
There was news yesterday in The Times that Rafa was checking out free agents to see if any experienced goalkeeper would be available but that’s got to be a long shot.
Karl can be a steady goalkeeper and he will hopefully get a lot of protection from the Newcastle defense on Saturday, since they have been working on their shape for a couple of weeks with all the defenders in training.
Only Chancel Mbemba was away on International duty from our defense and 19 year-old England Youth International Freddie Woodman will be on the subs bench.
Karl is a smashing lad and knows all about Newcastle United now – and he was delighted to join the famous north-east football club last summer.
Karl can still get the job done for us – and while it’s going to be tough to stay up this season, given our current position – we do have one of the world’s top coaches at the club and it’s still more than possible to survive the drop.
Rafa Benitez has asked since he arrived on Tyneside that we all pull together in the same direction and support Rafa and the players with all we’ve got through the end of the season.
That includes goalkeeper Karl Darlow – who is now an extremely important player for us in the last eight games.
We can still do it – let’s keep the faith.
Howay The Lads!!