It was really great to see Matz Sels so warmly welcomed back in goal by Newcastle fans on Tuesday night and Matz got applause whenever he touched the ball at the beginning of the game.
After his hesitation for Aston Villa’s equalizing goal at Villa Park in late September he was severely criticized by a small section of the fans on Twitter.
But it was way over the top and completely uncalled for and he was dropped for the next game.
In came Karl Darlow and he has again taken his chance and played very well for the side – as he did at the end of last season after Rob Elliot picked up his ACL injury in late March.
Matz Sels in action against Bristol City
But Matz is settling into the English way of playing football and he’s trying to settle in at Newcastle at the same time – so hey – he needs some time to settle down and he looks a very good goalkeeper in the making.
Don’t be surprised if Matz is Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper at the end of this season, although he does have severe competition from both Karl Darlow and the returning Rob Elliot who are two popular players on Tyneside.
Certainly Matz seemed delighted at the end of the game on Tuesday with his clean sheet and Newcastle’s great win and he threw his gloves into the crowd.
Rafa Benitez seems pleased with the positive reception his Belgium goalkeeper received on Tuesday night:
“It’s good for the players – if they give everything, the fans will appreciate that.”
“We changed the keeper because we thought it was the right time and not because he was doing badly.”
“I am really pleased also with the clean sheet, and the save that he made, so everything has been really positive.”
The three goalkeepers we have at the club this season are all very good and it will be interesting to see who Rafa picks between the sticks for the game at Preston on Saturday.
We think Karl Darlow will come back in after a string of very good performances from the former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper.
But again the crowd showed their class on Tuesday night and that they are supportive of all our players and we are all pulling in the same direction for the club.
It’s something that Rafa keeps asking for from everybody associated with Newcastle United.
It seems to be working.
What do you think?