Rafa Benitez has been in coaching for 30 years and he will have handled almost every situation you can dream up in football during his long career and managing some very big clubs.
So it´s reassuring that he will have the right words to say to Karl Darlow today when he is between the posts for Newcastle at Norwich City.
It is another crucial fixture for Newcastle as we try to avoid the drop to the Championship for the second time in seven years and if we do go down it will be catastrophic for the club.
Karl Darlow – gets his big chance today
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today when asked how he will prepare Karl Darlow before the game:
“Maybe it’s simple what I will say to him – ´That 18-yard box is the same in any league and the goals are the same size.´”
“Hopefully, he’s going to be a lad with confidence. I think he can do well and we will try to help him.”
“I think that he’s doing well in training and he’s got experience in the Championship if not the Premier League.”
“We can’t sign another goalkeeper.” “The rules say that if you have two senior keepers you can’t bring in another.”
“We have a good opinion about Freddie Woodman.” “Everybody tells us he is a great keeper.”
“At the moment he hasn’t been with us because of England duty and I think Karl will be more secure because of his experience and he has been training with us everyday.”
Newcastle can only sign a free agent goalkeeper, but obviously cannot bring in a goalkeeper already under contract at another club – either permanently or on loan.
Freddie Woodman was impressive in pre-season for us when he played in America and he didn´t seem to have many nerves at all – he is definitely a top goalkeeper in the making.
So we should be signing him up to a long term deal in the summer, since his current contract ends at the end of June.