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Huge Competition For This Position Next Season

9:50 am, Monday, May 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 66 Comments

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.

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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.

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Tags: Championship · Coaching · Contracts · Freddie Woodman · Karl Darlow · Newcastle News · Rob Elliot · Tim Krul

66 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Old Blackas goes for Rob followed by Darlow. Krul needs to get his finger out and kick on next season.

  • 2 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    9 votes cast in five minutes, which only goes to prove there’s still life in the old blog.

  • 3 clinath@ed // May 30, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Almost a win, win, win for us.

  • 4 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    The more I think about it the more I’m convinced there will be minimum activity the window.
    We have a big squad more than capable of dealing with the Championship.
    Players will be hard to recruit because of the League we are in.
    If we are well ahead by Xmas and promotion is clearly on the cards the club will be a much easier sell to new recruits in the Winter window .

  • 5 WWSBRD // May 30, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Kruls our best keeper still for me and under Rafa I expect him to get back to his best Darlow next in line then I’d bring Woodman into the fold at Elliott’s expense

  • 6 WWSBRD // May 30, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Big squad?

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Elliott is out until the end of the year is he not.

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Rafa and the club are a big draw. Rafa is surely going to want to bring in a good few new faces?

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    I went for Tom’s brother Tim. But there is very healthy competition for that spot but for me Elliott inability to have a prolonged run with out an injury is a problem. You can be unlucky with injuries but that’s the third time he’s broken down when needed.

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Slow moving blog this morning just like Old Blackas’ bowels on this bloody Spanish buffet diet. Just time to check the Kim and Eric dialogue on before locking the Samsung in the safe till tea time.

  • 11 Rotonda heights // May 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    ”I go for Rob followed by Darlow. Krul needs to get his finger out and kick on next season.”

    – – – – – – – – – – – –

    how hard is that, much less time consuming than the constant 3rd person usage.

  • 12 Oldgit1 // May 30, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    @ Jib – big squad yes but there is a lot of crap that needs to be shipped out.
    Starting with Staylor, colo, and all the other players that didn’t play last season.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    We simply have to bring in a few new faces to freshen things up and characters who won’t allow team mates to simply wish the game was over and hide. Also a captain that would knock someone’s lights out if they deliberately got themselves sent off.

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    You excel at literary criticism too.

  • 15 WWSBRD // May 30, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Our squad is filled with losers if we leave it like that then how can we expect better?

  • 16 carl // May 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    I’ll pass on any update of your bowel movements. Thanks.
    You’r as interesting as Back Door Man. Oh oops!!

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Jail, previous post.

    Don’t you and some of the other clowns have a go at jib for using Google.

    Just asking that’s all.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    What’s that smell?

  • 19 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    As you know, illeism is sometimes used in literature as a stylistic device. Think of it perhaps as a David Ginola drop of the shoulder.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Where you sitting next year?

  • 21 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Good morning to you.

    Who are you? (A la Mr Farage to Mr Van Rompuy)

  • 22 jimmysmith // May 30, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    It’s an inferior league, and we now have one of the best managers in the world to train, pick and motivate the side. Last season has little or no bearing on this one. Just as losing becomes a habit, so does winning, and we will be flying, tails up and full of confidence. In that situation, I would back an attacking midfield three of Townsend, Sissoko and Widjnaldum, to run sides ragged week in week out, and Mitro to score a hatful. That’s an International attack, playing under a master coach, for the biggest club in the division by some distance, against Championship defences. Do your damnedest to hold on to your best talent Rafa.

  • 23 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    In the same seat, mate. 1892 in line with centre circle nearest Gallowgate. Within bruised fruit chucking distance of Mr Ashley and Mr Charnley, but closer to the pitch than those two losers.

  • 24 carl // May 30, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Good exclusive on Fabio Pecchia.

  • 25 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Where are you sitting?

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Going to try and get in the Family enclosure and start taking the bairn.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Everyone uses Google.

  • 28 carl // May 30, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Been posting since 2007. One of the quiet ones driven away by the lack of football quality chat.

  • 29 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Before Rafa ships any more out there are a few he needs to see and evaluate before transferring anyone in to “freshen us up”
    Returnees from loans are :-
    Brendan Pearson
    Alex Gilliead
    MacAuley Gillesphey
    Kyle Cameron
    Lubomir Satka
    Ivan Toney
    Gael Bigirimana
    Adam Armstrong
    Liam Smith
    Haris Vuckic
    Sami Ameobi
    These are all players that Rafa hasn’t seen train or play , some of whom have Championship experience.
    A fit Steven Taylor is easily C/ship standard
    then there’s
    De Jong
    That’s without mentioning , regular first teamers , goalies or Coloccini.
    As I said a big squad and we’ll need it for the 60+ games we’ll have with 2 decent cup runs.

  • 30 carl // May 30, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    And the Johnny come lately fair weather fans.

  • 31 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Nice one. My 15 year old is in level 7 in the Milburn. Ideal spot for lobbing bruised fruit at me. I wouldn’t care but at every meal time in this hotel there’s any amount of bruised fruit with Charnley’s name on.

  • 32 Blackley and Brownlie // May 30, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Well don’t go away. I’m off to read my book poolside now and I look forward to enjoying your quality contribution when I check in this evening.

  • 33 WWSBRD // May 30, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Yup that’s a lot of names but not a squad

  • 34 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    A lot of names true – many of whom Rafa has not seen and all of whom are on NUFC’s books.

    The best basis for a squad I would suggest .

    Rather than playing some grotesque version of FIFA16 like so many on here do

  • 35 Offkey // May 30, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Yay, Carl’s back…….our hopes and prayers have been answered!!!.

  • 36 Average_Contents // May 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Wasn’t jizz advocating that we didn’t need much last summer also. In January too.

    Same old shite, different day.

    Stick to martens.

  • 37 Average_Contents // May 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Oh I forgot, he got that wrong too.

    Is there anything you don’t.

  • 38 Slank // May 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    With reference to squad size, are there imposed limits like the Premier League ?

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    A fit Taylor isn’t likely to happen though, he has not completed more than ten games for the last three years, it is time to let him go. Sammy Ameobi spends most of the time on the Cardiff bench. Haidara isn’t good enough and is injury prone. Imo we need to strengthen a few key areas, finding the balance of players prepared to play in the Championship is going to be the hard bit.

  • 40 Slank // May 30, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    We know Rafa is back but does anyone know whether he has brought back the same backroom staff ?

  • 41 Slank // May 30, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Jail for Ashley @ 39

    Yes Saylor and Haidara are injury prone but isn’t it only a serious problem if they were first choice for their respective positions, which they are probably not ?

  • 42 sloveniangeordie // May 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    I hope we will get Will Hughes from Derby County. He has brain and vision. He can be real maestro of our football play. I’m big fan of his and will be very happy if we can get him. In the pair with Colback on middle he can blossom and can give a lot to Newcastle. We should do anything to bring him in.

    I’m also big fan of Haris Vu?ki?, but unfortunately he is dead wood. I don’t think he has future in Newcastle. Too much injuries had cost him. Maybe he should consider about moving somewhere else. He played real good, when he was at Rangers. Maybe he should go in Glasgow instead of staying in Newcastle.

    Maybe we should consider about deal with Derby over Hughes and get them money + Haris Vu?ki? or someone like that.

  • 43 Graeme // May 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Slank – why waste another years salary on a CB who is only ever fit for 10 – 12 games per year? Get rid of Taylor, he’s history, there are far better, younger, fitter players available.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // May 30, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Not when an injury is inevitable it’s no good being a back up player if you’re not fit to play.

  • 45 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Rafa had Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Miguel Moreno and Antonio Gomez Perez with him at seaso’s end.
    Pecchia it would appear has taken his first managers job at Seirie B side Hellas Verona with Benitez’ blessing.
    One assumes that boosts Ian Cathro’s position .

  • 46 Slank // May 30, 2016 at 11:38 AM


    Is there a replacement for Fabio Pecchia ?

    Are Francisco de Miguel Moreno and Antonio Gomez Perez still on board ?

  • 47 Slank // May 30, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Graeme and Jail

    Fair enough.

    Any sensible suggestions as to whom might be Saylors replacement as backup to Lascelles and Mbemba assuming that these two are first choice ?

  • 48 Average_Contents // May 30, 2016 at 11:42 AM


    In the statement when Benítez was appointed they mentioned the backroom team was still to be finalised.

  • 49 Average_Contents // May 30, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    I hope he’s allowed who he wants if he does change it.

  • 50 Slank // May 30, 2016 at 11:50 AM



    Suppose we wait and see.

  • 51 WLtoon // May 30, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    A few of the bloggers are suggesting that we wont, or dont need to bring in new players to get us promoted,and i agree, tho the chances of Rafa not wanting to bring new players in are next to nil.
    The team ive put on here could easily win automatic promotion, all i think we need is cover for both full back positions.and a CB.
    Anita Lascelles Mbemba Dummitt


    Townsend Aarons


    Mitrovic Perez

    If Sissoko leaves then id put Shelvey in, and if Tiote goes id put Colback in
    Any one of these combimations would br good enough IMO.

  • 52 giimps // May 30, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Either Dummet or Mbabu can easily deputise at CB when required <Mbabu can play LB,Rb and CB, Dummet can play LB and CB ..
    Just reading the Chronic update and someone has written in to say Gini already sold and Arma and Sameobi will get their chances next season…..interesting times

  • 53 carl // May 30, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    You should be reading poolside Carlo Ancelotti’s book. It’s Quiet Leadership. Winning hearts, minds and matches.. He’s won 5 Champions League titles. Simply the best.

  • 54 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Francisco de Miguel Moreno is more commonly known as Paco de Miguel
    He is Rafa’s longstanding fitness coach and is Doctor of Science of Physical Activity and Sport (INEF of Madrid University) and Professor specialising in Physical Preparation in Football lecturing all around the world .

    Antonio Gomez is an ex midfielder who has managed 2nd division sides in Spain , he has assisted Benitez since his Liverpool days.

    It would appear Rafa likes to work with two assistants so it looks like Ian Cathro will take over Pecchias role.

  • 55 carl // May 30, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    When do we find out whether Townshend is in the England Squad?

  • 56 Essex Geordie Bill // May 30, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    My apologies for bringing the subject up on the blog but the more I see the creepy sniveling apology we have for a Prime Minister pushing his euro masters views on the referendum the more I feel we have to face the true situation and perils we face if we remain.
    So I have formulated some simple yes/no questions:-

    1. Do we want to become a province of a German superstate. Yes No

    Do we want to be part of an economic zone that is visibly collapsing from within. Yes No

    Do we want a Euro army that could be deployed to quell unrest in any part of the enlarged lawless Euro zone. ie Turkish, Alabanian, British or German (for example) troops putting down riots in France, Britain or any other part of the EU superstate. It could easily happen!
    Yes No

    Would we prefer go our own independent way in the world as a major player and prosper. Yes No

    As I see if we don’t speak out we are sleepwalking into the remain camp.

    Again sorry but I feel strongly about this.

  • 57 giimps // May 30, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    I think its tuesday

  • 58 carl // May 30, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Thanks mate.

  • 59 giimps // May 30, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    I agree we need control over our country again, borders, fishing,agrigulture,policing and loads more reasons to leave the EU…..were not voting to leave Europe….just the EU controlling beurocrats…..rant over……

  • 60 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Even if he doesn’t make the final 23 there is a group of 8 standby players also allowed in case a player gets badly crocked.

  • 61 Essex Geordie Bill // May 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Anyway back to football I would agree with Jib that we probably have a big enough and good enough squad as things stand but also agree that one or two new faces wouldn’t come amiss.

    having watched the Barnsley/Millwall highlights I’m sorry to say I wasn’t too impressed with Toney. He looked a bit laboured and slow thinking although he didn’t get a full game to be fair.

  • 62 WWSBRD // May 30, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Not sure what point there is in having a back up who will be injured when u need them? Maybe when the training ground isn’t an injury factory and our physio rooms can handle more than 2 players these issues can be handled but right now we would be paying for an empty shirt

  • 63 Jib // May 30, 2016 at 12:32 PM

  • 64 bettyswallocks // May 30, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    I didn’t know Ashley was into darts. Just watching the World darts trophy on Dave and Sports Direct are the main sponsors. I don’t know if he’s playing but he’s got the physique for it.

  • 65 giimps // May 30, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Mike “The Shirebrook Shitehouse” Ashley does have a certain ring to it

  • 66 lesh // May 30, 2016 at 1:26 PM


    Leave Europe and we’ll be blessed with Johnson as PM and if he’s elected, that evil man Trump would make a likely bed-fellow – all supported by a Murdoch controlled media!

    Leave Europe and we can kiss goodbye to any measures beneficial to ordinary working people. Safety, maximum working hours, minimum wages, holiday entitlements all out of the window.

    Be careful what you wish for, it’s not our future voting for, it’s those of younger people.

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