Newcastle Goalkeeper Demonstrates Excellent Attitude

With Tim Krul and Rob Elliot looking like they would not be fit at the start of August, we thought that Karl Darlow would be in the Newcastle goal for the first game of the season and that 19 year-old Freddie Woodman would be on the bench.

That’s the way it was for the last 8 games of last season after Rob Elliot had been injured playing for Ireland at the end of March and Tim Krul has been out since last October with his ACL injury.

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Karl Darlow – 25 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper

But Rafa saw that as a risk to have to play the untested Woodman if Darlow was injured.

To guard against that happening in a very important season for the club and to also increase the competition for the number one jersey he brought in the highly rated Matz Sels from Gent for £5M as Newcastle’s first transfer of the summer.

That’s the level of planning good clubs and good managers like Rafa do – and which has been missing at Newcastle for a long time.

Karl had a good game at Southend last Tuesday night in the 2-0 win and is hoping to get another run-out this afternoon when Newcastle play SBV Vitesse in our final friendly game of pre-season and the first at home.

This is what Karl has said:

“It was a different test for us against Southend. A lot of the pre-season games have been about working around the back and playing through midfield, this is a lot more route one from them, if you like.”

“We stood up to it really well. We were solid and won a lot of headers. They didn’t really trouble us, and on the breakaway we had some decent attacks and scored two very good goals.

“I knew I needed to play. It’ll stand me in good stead, hopefully, for Saturday against Vitesse.” “Then we’ll see what happens going into the season.”

“It’s (pre-season) been good for me. I’ve come back and been very good. I’ve worked hard, and I’ll keep working hard with Simon Smith.” 

“Matz is good competition. We’ve got some very good goalkeepers now. It’s going to be a fight all season for who’s going to be playing.”

“When I get a chance, I just need to put my mark on a game and hopefully that’ll be enough to start the season.” “I wasn’t really expecting what happened last season.

“Attitude-wise, you really have to stick with it and grind through when you’re not playing.” “When you are playing, you need to make sure no one takes the shirt off you.”

That’s an excellent attitude shown there by Karl.

Darlow played very well last season when he came in for Rob Elliott, who himself was Newcastle’s best player last season,

With Sels, Darlow and Elliot at the club it now looks like Newcastle may sell long-serving goalkeeper Tim Krul before September.

Tim is not fully fit yet, but he was not taken to the Ireland training camp even though Rob Elliot was – and Rob was well behind Tim in recovering from his ACL knee injury.

The reports are that new Everton manager Ronald Koeman is interested in taking Tim to Goodison Park and it’s a little strange we have heard very little from Tim this pre-season.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    I think that Darlow will be number two to Selz, I just cannot see a keeper who was voted best in there league and sacrificing Champions league football so he can be a bench warmer for an English championship club, I honestly believe that Rafa has bought Selz because he knows that he is going to be one of Europes top keepers.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Just driving up the A1 from London for today’s game. Really looking forward to seeing who starts as I think it won’t be far away from the Fulham line up. Most looking forward to seeing Gamez as I think he’s a class above what we’re used to in that position. Anyone know if Ritchie is fit?

    On Knockeart, one thing is for sure: we need someone to take the game to the opposition. At the minute we have lots of good passers, but not so many players who can take a game by the scruff if the neck and run past defenders.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree Spoof. Sels is potentially a superb signing for us.

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    It seems very quiet on Krul’s future. Someone will have to be away out of our 4 going for the same spot

  • jazzyp

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Ben yedder has just gone for 9mill euros, And were gonna pay 10 mill English pounds.

    Bonkers but that’s the English league for ya

  • jazzyp

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #6

    For Knockaert that is

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7

    The thing is people are saying we don’t want to over pay for players but the going rate for players has gone through the way is pogba worth 115 million. Stones isn’t worth 50 either. The new tv money has wraped the market and clubs know we have money. It’s a sellers market now. However for me you solely have to look at of we are getting a player who will improve us. Is Knockaert that player, I trust rafa to get it right.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Krul has to be able to pass z medical to leave. Plus we need 3 good experienced keepers to be fully prepared as past seasons have shown. Selling one would be daft. Elliot hasn’t played yet either.


    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #9

    jazzy p
    i think knockearts experience of the league is what makes him so pricey compared to yedder,this lad yedder may be good but would be an unknown quantity in this league,and as we have already seen at the newcastle,french based attackers are a bit hit and miss for us.

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    4 is too many though. Which would you jettison if you had the choice?

  • outside the box

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #11

    have to agree …has to be krull to go …interested to see line up …reckon it will be 4..2…3…1…and will start with mbemba lascelles hanley dummett…..with hayden and shelvey…just in front …janmatt perez ritchie …with gayle up front…..this would give allsorts of possibilities on bench to change around


    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    i think all the keepers may be here till january possibly,krul and elliott not fully fit yet,krul should be soon but elliott is october i believe…so unless krul can prove his fitness and theres a big offer comes in i think they’ll all be here after the window closes.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #13


    Agree mate with that. But if we were still in the Pl then for me Ben yedder would have been a better option.

    What worries me are we signing players to get us out of the predicament we are in and taking baby steps back in to the PL.
    Or are we being short sighted and not looking to the future where we know players will be a success

  • expatmag

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #14

    wayayman @2

    Not being pedantic mate but isnt it bloody dangerous typing a message on the thread while driving up the A1 from London?


    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #15

    i think if promoted,2-3yrs down the line the team will be very different to the one that starts against fulham,,that’s the price of relegation…get the best we can now,get promoted and then pick the cream to stay and rebuild with them again for the premier…we will take a loss on some players but we will also have a few that will make the step up tot he premier….this current market isn’t the best to what we are doing at the minute due to the price of players but thats the way it is now unfortunately.

  • Spoof

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #16


    Based on Rafa’s side which finished so well last season for me there was one startling weakness, left wing, Gini is a good player but he is never a left winger whereas Knockaert is, it’s all about replacing the good ones as well as you can and improving the weak links as much as you can, and our wingers for Rafa were both our strong point and our weak point, Townsend the strength has gone, Ritchie may not be as good but he is good, left wing was dreadfully weak all season due to Aarons injuries and Knockaert is a hell of a lot better than what we had last season, it’s all about making your worst as good as you possibly can so for me Knockaert is a must buy player.

    Not having any super stars doesn’t make you a poor side, having super stars with severe weaknesses does make you a poor side and with our CB’s, our RB and our RW we had to many glaring weaknesses, although I still hope for a bit more quality to be added, we don’t have as many glaring weaknesses so we will be better for it.

  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #17

    There are 4 candidates on Zidane’s list for Real Madrid’s midfield – Marco Verratti – Blaise Matuidi – Nemanja Matic – Moussa Sissoko.
    The first 2 are at PSG and Perez doesn’t want to upset his mate Nassser Al-Khalaifi.
    That leaves a straight choice for ZeeZou between the Chelsea player and MS

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 30, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Not having any super stars doesn’t make you a poor side, having super stars with severe weaknesses does make you a poor side.

    Totally agree!


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