Goalkeeper Could Leave Newcastle Under These Conditions

Matz Sels joined us from Gent at the end of June and he was our first signing of the summer for about £4M.

He was a surprise signing and was brought in by Rafa Benitez because both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot would take some time to get back to action from their serious ACL injuries.

Rafa wanted to make sure he had two experienced goalkeepers available and did not have to rely on the untested Freddie Woodman.

So at the start of the season Newcastle had Matz Sels and Karl Darlow and Matz got the starting position for the first 9 league games of the season.

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Matz Sels in action at Bristol City

But Matz cannot be too happy he’s been on the bench since the game at Villa Park on September 24th and with Rob Elliot fit again, there is immense competition for the goalkeeper jersey at Newcastle.

There was news yesterday coming out of Belgium that his former club Gent are looking for a goalkeeper and Matz Sels could be a target.

We suppose there could be an opportunity for Sels to go back to Gent on loan for the rest of the season, but if that did happen then the loan contract would need to have a clause in it to say he would be recalled if ether Karl Darlow or Rob Elliot were injured.

We expect young Freddie Woodman to go out on loan in January to further his development and he needs first team games to do that.

It’s not looking too good for Sels at Newcastle at the moment, but as we’ve seen in the past, things can change very quickly in football.

Tim Krul was given a year’s extension to his contract at Newcastle last summer to June, 2018.

The Dutch International was sent on loan to Ajax as he recovers from the serious knee injury he picked up over a year ago playing for the Netherlands and he’s now played three games but hasn’t yet played for the Ajax first team.

Tim will return in pre-season and Rafa will then have Krul, Sels, Elliot, Darlow and Woodman and one goalkeeper will probably be sold at that time.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note – Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US.

10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Gamez is a strange one.

    Rafa declared only Aarons to be unfit last week.

    Murphy , Haidara , and Lazaar turned out for the U23’s yet still no sign of Jesus !

  • firebug666

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Well with Rafa having just brought in Sels if any keeper was to leave it would probably be Elliot, though that would not be my choice, or Krul who may well be on his way back to Holland anyway.

    Rafa obviously sees something in Sels, can’t see him shipped out just yet.

  • firebug666

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Gamez is 31 years old, maybe he was brought in as cover if we lose Anita & Yedlin, but the experience he can pass on to the other two in training may be invaluable.

    Could be Rafa has given him an end of career contract as he moves into coaching.

    All just guesses, but there will be a reason Rafa brought him in, and if not to play football for us then what?

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #4


    He’s still about

    This is him training earlier this month.

    I’ve wondered for a while if he’s being tried as a back up DM.

    I’m sure I read somewhere he had played there when he captained Malaga.

    You can be sure Rafa knows this.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Maybe, but Howay, at 31 he’s not ready for the knackers yard yet. (You are making me feel old ! 🙂 )
    We want to see some of that experience out on the pitch for a while yet.

  • firebug666

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #6


    Aye at 31 he is still a young pup, but not in footballing years.

    I would like to see some of his experience on the pitch too marra, but he seems to be Mr Elusive.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib, might find Jesus down town – hanging around the cross usually. 🙂

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Do blasphemers get barred on here ?
    I’m firing an e-mail straight off to Ed !

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Firebug, only time he played for us was the pre season game at SJP and to be frank, he looked shocking. Players skipped past him and left him for dead. I put it down to lack of games but as he ain’t been seen since, who knows?

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh no Jib, please don’t. I’ll say five hail Mary’s as penance. 🙂


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