There’s no doubt that our double acquisition of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow from Nottingham Forest for just £7M in the summer of 2014 has turned out to be a stellar buy for Newcastle.
Jamaal is now the Newcastle captain at only 23 years-old and he is improving all the time under Rafa Benitez and his leadership skills are terrific.
Karl Darlow when he first came as part of the first team squad just less than two years ago struggled, but towards the end of last season and during this season has become a very good goalkeeper at Newcastle and first choice.
Karl Darlow – top of our poll
His attitude, temperament and concentration are first class and that’s important for any player, but particularly for a goalkeeper.
We put out a poll on which of Newcastle’s four senior goalkeepers reporting back for pre-season training in early July should be the number one next season – and Karl comes out on top.
It’s been an excellent last year for Karl because he came into the side last March when Rob Elliot was injured on International duty with the Republic of Ireland and he played very well in those last eight games of the season.
This season he has made 28 appearances and in two years on Tyneside as part of the first team squad, he’s made 38 total appearances (36 of those in the last 12 months) and improved a lot.