Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow has ample experience in the Championship having played 111 times for Nottingham Forest and he even expects Newcastle to start as promotion favorites as we did seven years ago – the last time we were relegated.
This coming week could be monumental for Newcastle fans, as it’s expected that Rafa Benitez will agree to stay for the next three years as the Newcastle manager and then immediately start to build a team that can get straight back up – and then challenge for a top six position in the Premier League.
Karl Darlow saving penalty from Yohan Cabaye
Rafa has also said he wants to restore a sleeping giant in Newcastle United back to its former glory and he wants to win trophies at the club.
That sounds so great!!
Karl Darlow has talked about what life will be like in the Championship next season and it’s not going to be easy:
“I’ve got a lot of experience in the Championship, and it’s a very tough league.” “Every game is a mental test, and every game is a scrap.”
“You play Tuesday nights at difficult places, and it’s about grinding out results more than anything else really. It’s hard to look at the bigger picture when you’re in that league – it’s about grinding out results and trying to build momentum.”
“But the quality we’ve got in this squad is far superior to anything else in the Championship and that should stand us in good stead. If we can keep what we’ve got, and also keep the manager, then we should be fine.”
“There’ll be a lot of talk about character and attitude, but ability is important as well,” “Over the course of a season, the best teams will come to the top and we have to remember that.”
“If we can keep the quality that we’ve got, then we should be able to go through that league.”
“We might need to add a few because you need a bigger squad. The matches take their toll when you’re playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday.”
We expect Rafa Benitez to bring in quite a few players this summer and some will be experienced players with leadership skills who can help us battle things out in the Championship.
One such player mentioned as a possible recruit is Rafa’s former Liverpool center-back Daniel Agger, who will be a free agent in the summer.
The 31 year-old captain of Denmark would be a great addition to our squad this summer.
What do you think?