24 year-old Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels started out as the Newcastle number one goalkeeper last August, but he has moved down to third choice as a recovering Rob Elliot is now on the bench and challenging Karl Darlow for the Newcastle goalkeeper jersey.
Karl has been playing well although he made a hash of things on Tuesday at Norwich for their second goal and it’s possible, if Rob is training well, that he could still be the Newcastle number one before the end of the season and be back in goal for the team.
Matz Sels – Newcastle goalkeeper
Matz has lacked a bit of confidence since he arrived and it’s always difficult for a goalkeeper coming in to play in England, because of the more physical nature of the game – just ask Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who has lost his place at City after a poor start to his career in England.
Matz has been talking to Het Nieuwsblad and this is some of what he had to say:
“I have not been able to build up the credit here that I had at Gent.”
“If the situation stays the same, I will talk to Newcastle in the summer about a solution.”
“Never say ‘never’, but a return to Belgium – certainly not next season.”
“Maybe a loan to another English club and then in time I can still return to Newcastle.”
Those are good comments from Matz, because he wants to stay in England and adjust to playing in goal in England.
He has not started his England career well, but he is still a good goalkeeper and maybe a loan spell to a Championship club next season would work for him and for Newcastle.
We still don’t know what will happen with Tim Krul this summer, but Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot seem to be fixtures at the club and both have shown they can play well for Newcastle when it matters.
It’s been a difficult season for Matz Sels, but we hope he can get his career back on track – somehow.
A season long loan may be the answer.