Jamaal Lascelles knows all about Karl Darlow since the two of them played together at Nottingham Forest for a few seasons before they were signed up by Newcastle almost two years ago.
And the 22 year-old center-back has given a glowing endorsement of the 25 year-old goalkeeper today.
And if Karl is anywhere near as good as Jamaal says he is then Newcastle will have no problems with Karl through the final eight games of the season as he deputizes for the injured Rob Elliot.
Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow in the summer of 2014
The two of them are very good friends and this is what Jamaal told the BBC about Karl today:
“It’s not nice to see anybody injured but that’s football for you.” “He will have a speedy recovery, he works hard in the gym.” “This is an opportunity for Karl Darlow to step in.”
“He’s a great goalkeeper.” “I played with him at Nottingham Forest plenty of times and he will be really confident going into the game on Saturday.”
“I’m sure he will be fine.” “Me and Karl have a great relationship.”“He commands the 18-yard box really well so I am really confident with him.”
“He’s really confident, I spoke to him, and he can’t wait to get a run of games.” “The game he played he didn’t have preparation.”
“No excuses or anything but at least he knows he will be the goalkeeper between now and the end of the season.”
“He will be confident and I am sure he will be fine.”
Jamaal makes a good point about the game Karl played at West Brom, when Rob Elliot took sick in the warm-up – he had food poisoning as it turned out.
Karl had no preparation at all for that game.
He will be much better prepared for tomorrow, especially since we now have the very talented and experienced Rafa Benitez managing the club.