Rafa Explains Darlow’s Early Substitution Saturday – Hopes Goalkeeper Has Future At Newcastle


There was some reaction on Saturday when Karl Darlow saw his first minutes played in preseason but he was only given 25 minutes before 20-year-old Freddie Woodman replaced Karl.

Rob Elliot played the first half and it seems at the moment at least Rob is the number one choice of Rafa – but the manager is also looking at bringing in another goalkeeper.

Newcastle will send young Woodman out on loan next season for more first team experience and we already have Matz Sels on loan for the season to Anderlecht.

Karl Darlow – he looks happy – played well for us last season

Unfortunately, until Tim Krul finds a new club he is training with the youngsters so his career looks all but over at the club.

We’re not sure why Rafa has seemingly changed his position on Karl Darlow who was much improved last season and played some excellent games for us in the Chamspionship.and in

In particular, we remember him saving two penalties in the first half in the bizarre game at the Coty HGrounf against Nottingham Forest when we had two players sent off in the first half and we were still 1-0 ahead at half time – but finally lost that game 2-1.

Karl can often be an inspirational figure in the Newcastle goal with some of the saves he makes – like the penalty save from Yoan Cabaye just over a year ago at home to Crystal Palace which means we got all 3 points with a 1-0 win.

Rafa Benitez was interview by the Shields Gazette after the Preston game and he has this to say when asked if Karl had a future at Newcastle:

“I hope so.” “We have three keepers and we had to give them some time.”

“We couldn’t leave one person on the bench because after one week I think they all needed to play.”

We had guessed Rafa wanted to have all three goalkeepers have a run-out on Saturday afternoon – and in fact for the second preseason game, Rafa had all his subs get a game.

But it still bothers us why Karl’s future at Newcastle seems to be in doubt after he has played so well for us over the last couple of seasons and took on the challenge well in the first team.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 24, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    If we are looking for a LB, an option could be Jordan Amavi. We could tempt Villa to Jack Colback plus £3m

    What I don’t understand is that we could have sold Darlow for £4.5m to Boro. This would have been more than we paid for him and brought in money to buy another player.

    I think we need a DMC, AMC and ST. My choices would be Samaris, Boudebouz and Andre Gray. However I have seen Boubebouz has got injured and is out until early August, so maybe another AMC option may be necessary.

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  • AncientC

    Jul 24, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    10 players out (not including Gibson) so far, with 4 in. There were more players out than in last summer too. In fact, if you look through previous seasons before that, there have been more players out than in every season going back to 13/14. I could see the problem if the outs and ins were around the same, but the squad is being cut at a fast rate.

    Sometimes you just have to accept the loss on some players. Not buying and replacing those players isn’t going to soften the loss. A loss is a loss.

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  • Mr Funk

    Jul 24, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    How about Victor Valdes as potential GK option?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 24, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Zzzzz

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 24, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Hes good enough to be a number 1 somewhere doubt he wants to stick around with Rafa not rating him

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  • Mr Funk

    Jul 24, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Rafa will have to stick with the GK’s he has got, possibly with one of them sold – Krul.

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  • Bambams

    Jul 24, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I was told yesterday that Krul may be signing for a German club, I am sure Werder Bremen was said.

    Anyway Krul and Charnley get on well and Charnley has allegedly spoken to Rafa asking why the need to sign an experienced goalkeeper when we already have Krul.

    It’s not great when Charnley is interfering with our Manager.

    If this is accurate, I was told third hand but thought I would share all the same.

    I now await the backlash…..

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  • whatsup

    Jul 24, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Darrow is the best keeper on the books. He makes saves – that gets points. Elliot in the other hand rarely fails to make semi difficult saves – and therefore rarely wins us points. The relegation season he was hailed as player of the yr – however he does not win u games – he doesn’t make many mistakes – but he doesn’t save many of the harder saves – Darlow can and does.

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  • JohnJ

    Jul 24, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Not quite sure why Tim Krul’s face does not fit anymore!

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 24, 2017 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Whatsup; Elliot made a match winning performance away to Bournemouth, the season we got relegated.

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  • geordie exile

    Jul 26, 2017 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s a complete mystery to me why we are searching for goalkeepers when we have, in my opinion excellent cover in this position. What has Karl Darlow done wrong? Without some of his superb saves last season I would say we would not be in the Premiership now. I note a comment attributed to Rafa that he hopes Darlow has a future with the club. How cryptic is that! Does this mean the decision is not Rafa’s to make? It concerns me that all the talk is of wingers, strikers, keepers etc. We are in desperate need of a mid fielder to play alongside Shelvey. Our worst performances last year were when Shelvey was out of the team or man marked into oblivion. Do we expect this not to happen in the Premiership?

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