This 22 Year-Old’s Enthusiasm Is Simply Infectious

Karl Darlow has played very well for Newcastle since he replaced Matz Sels after the game at Villa Park and it’s difficult to see at the moment how either Rob Elliot or Matz Sels can force themselves into the first team with Karl is such good form.

Karl has talked today about how 22 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic has done so well in the last two games, both against Preston, by scoring two goals in each game.

The Serbian is of course already a firm fan favorite on Tyneside and Karl says he also gees up the players with his enthusiasm, which is infectious.

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Karl Darlow and Aleksandar Mitrovic

This is what Karl has said today about the 24 times capped Serbian International striker:

“He definitely does gee us all up.” “He’s come into the team against Preston in the cup and scored two there, then another two against the same team at Deepdale to win us the game.”

“Obviously we’ve missed Dwight Gayle, who’s been in terrific form as well, but it’s nice to have two strikers scoring goals.”

“Then, at the back, we’re complementing them really well by keeping clean sheets and putting in solid performances.”

“We knew Preston were going to throw everything at us after Tuesday when we beat them 6-0 at home.”

“We knew it was going to be a different game heading to Deepdale because teams at the top of the league have been beaten there already.”

“It was obvious we were going to have to concentrate throughout and then we got a little bit of luck at the end which saw us get over that finish line.”

Karl was instrumental in getting us the difficult 2-1 win at Deepdale on Saturday and he finished second in our Man of the Match poll for the game – only to Mitro.

The former Nottingham Forest player made three excellent saves against Preston and dealt very well with some dangerous crosses into the box and certainly manager Rafa Benitez seemed impressed with his performance.

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It’s going to be interesting on Saturday against Cardiff City to see whether Rafa starts Mitro or Dwight Gayle up front.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1


    I liked this comment from a Liverpool supporter:-

    “I f……. love Rafa, he’s probably the main reason why I started following Liverpool in the first place, always good natured in interviews and I think he’s a great coach, you don’t fluke two CL finals, those results were due to brilliance.”

  • Mag52

    Nov 1, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2


    We’ve got a winner in Rafa, no doubt about it.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3


    From the True Geordie:-

    “Congratulations to David Moyes!You’re doing what Newcastle fans dream of: that is, destroy Sunderland … from the inside!”

  • Jack Root

    Nov 1, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Fat boy Jail- just stop mentioning me in your random posts. You’ve dumbed down the blog which is why many don’t post. Eat your heart out you none poster boy.

    Its not just Rafa Benitez the manager, it’s Rafa Benitez the man that has engendered such positivity amongst Newcastle fans. Of course, having someone of his class and pedigree instantly ensures respect from the footballing loving Geordi. Moreover his quiet, confident modesty, his obsessive love of the beautiful game and all tempered with a massive ambition that endears him to the Newcastle toon army fan base. He simply comes across as an incredibly likeable man who understands the importance of our football club to the area.

    Former managers frequently now complain that they lacked the control in the transfer market that Benitez now has, but he but down the ground rules before accepting the role of El supremo. Our fan base don’t ant to harp back but look forward – get that into your thick skull fat boy! Whilst I’m about it the omb over look makes you look really old just accept it you’re going to be bald.

    Moving on from the trivia, Benitez also has the distinction of arranging a pre-season tournament for school kids, asking fans he has spoken to at away games to the training ground and giving up his weekend time on a Friday night to attend an NUFC Foundation training school. As well as appearing with the club captain at a five a side complex in the West End with the club captain and mixing with lot ball fans. He gets it, if only the team selecting jail bingo addicts who have turned the blog into an under sixteen age group would. Start thinking and blogging about forward thinking to what can be built with positivity and planning. Benitez is light years head in his thinking.
    This is very clear from his time with us so far and explains why he has so much good will in Liverpool. I’m proud that Rafa Benitez is the manager of my football club and a public face of this city and it’s people.
    Save me the childish, multiple claptrap “I am a simple thick Geordie” like response. I long since stopped regular posting and most on here think you’re a thick banker chump anyway.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 1, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    The fact that we keep winning even when we don’t really play to our max is such a massive bonus. This is a exactly how manure won so many trophies under Fergy and now maybe it’s our turn to be ‘lucky’. Strange how a good manager makes you lucky in it? 🙂

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Lack of first team action has cost Achraf Lazaar his place in the Morrocco national setup.

    He has not been included in the squad against the Ivory Coast due to play on 12th November.

  • Jack Root

    Nov 1, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Having Fergie’s time helped as well marra. Your positivity posts make me proud to be a Geordie. Hope you are fit and well enough to see the season through.

  • Jack Root

    Nov 1, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    I liked the look of the Swans LB Taylor who we’ve looked at a few years ago.


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