Karl Darlow has played the last 7 league games for Newcastle (all wins) since he came in and replaced new signing Matz Sels after the 1-1 draw at Villa Park and Darlow has looked in good form for Newcastle and continues to improve.
Karl came into the side last season in late March after Rob Elliot picked up a serious ACL knee injury playing for the Republic of Ireland.
Karl also played extremely well in that important stretch of games and famously brilliantly saved a penalty from Yohan Cabaye in the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on April 30th in the third last game of the season.
Karl Darlow – Newcastle goalkeeper
Certainly Karl has looked a good buy from Nottingham Forest, especially after he put in a rather dodgy performance in his Premier League debut at West Brom on 28th December last year when he was at fault for their winning goal.
Karl has been interviewed in the Northern Echo today:
“Playing in the Premier League was good for me.” “Coming to a new club, I was on the bench a lot of last season.”
“I knew I was going to have to be patient and wait for my chance in the Premier League.”
“It was good for me to come in for those last eight games and really prove to myself I could play at that level. That’s where I want to be playing.”
“Coming off playing a lot of games in the Championship for Nottingham Forest, it was a massive step up coming to the Premier League.”
“I found that out the hard way in the West Brom game. But I wanted to prove to myself and prove to everyone that I’m good enough to play in the Premier League.”
“It was a relegation battle that we couldn’t, unfortunately, get out of.”
“But since the manager came in, we’ve had a real good go at it. Had we had the results from the back eight or nine games all season, we would have stayed up comfortably, I think.”
“It was a tough lesson to learn for the team, but I think it has inspired everyone even more now. We want to get this club back up, because we feel responsible for going down.”
“One thing Benitez did was recruit very, very well,” “There’s a lot of quality in this team with a lot of experience at the same time, and knowing this league, we’ll need all of that.”
“It’s a long, hard grind.”
“If we want to achieve anything from it, we’ll need to be consistent throughout. Hopefully, we’ve got the right balance.”
By the end of the season Karl could be the surprise number one goalkeeper at Newcastle.
Rob Elliot is back in full training and will be pushing for a first team place as is Matz Sels, who has been adapting to the English game.
Most fans would expect Rob Elliot to take over the goalkeeper jersey this season at some point, but Karl seems determined to hold on to his first team place.
Competition for places is something that Rafa has quickly brought to Newcastle and it’s true in every single position on the team.
Karl has played 19 times for Newcastle so far in his career.