When Tim Krul was injured last October, he wouldn’t have realized at the time just how well his two deputies – Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow – would perform in goal for Newcastle for the rest of the season.
Rob came in with Karl also out injured at the time – and he was brilliant and the Player of the Season for Newcastle.
Karl then came in early April for the last eight games, after Rob himself was injured – and the 25 year-old played very well indeed and showed what a good goalkeeper he is.
His overall display against Crystal Palace when he saved that penalty from Yohan Cabaye was simply awesome.
Karl Darlow and Rafa Benitez
After the 1-0 Palace win when Karl saved a penalty
This is what Karl has said in the local press today:
“I feel as though I did all right after I came into the team,” “It’s obviously a different standard in the Premier League, and I knew I was going to need a run of games to really sink my teeth into it.”
“It’s a different category to playing Championship football, but once I got my head around that in the first few games, I felt settled and proved to myself more than anything that I can play in the Premier League.”
“We’ll see what happens next season now.” “It was important that we finished well.”
“We were playing against a team that started the game second in the league, but we beat them convincingly.”
“That should help us go into next season with momentum. Hopefully, we can build on that when the new season starts.”
Newcastle are really well off for goalkeepers at the moment – and when everybody is fit it’s a good question as to who will be the number one.
As well as Tim. Rob and Karl we also have 19 year-old Freddy Woodman who is the England U19 goalkeeper and a terrific prospect.
Tim’s contract runs out next year and we read that he will be getting a new contract this summer, but surely only after Rafa Benitez has taken a look at him in training.
Rafa is in charge of all football related matters at Newcastle including who gets new contracts.
Whether Tim will be fully fit for the start of the season we don’t know, but hopefully he will be.
Whether it will be Tim Krul or Karl Darlow between the sticks for that first game in the Championship the weekend of August 8th is another good question.
And we could see at least one of the four goalkeepers out on loan next season.