Rafa’s team selection for the game on Saturday at Stamford Bridge should be very interesting.
But we expect Karl Darlow to keep his place – you very rarely change your goalkeeper during the season and Rob Elliot has been a little off-form in the last few games.
We’ll have to see what Rafa does on Saturday but we have never understood exactly why Rafa doesn’t rate Karl Darlow.
Karl Darlow – should keep his place on Saturday
Karl’s not even sure he will be in goal on Saturday; this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle:
“The manager rotates quite often, so you have to be ready each week and I’m just pleased to be back and playing for Newcastle .
“I was happy.”
“I knew I needed to manage myself through my first game back after not playing for a while, but I felt good.
“I felt like I did all right, so we’ll see what kind of team he picks on Saturday at Chelsea.”
“It’s a big point and it keeps us going.”
“At 2-0 down away from home, the lads showed fight and courage to come back and play such good football.”
“We got the point and we could have nicked it right at the end.”
Karl was very good for us last season in the Championship after he replaced Matz Sels with Rob Elliot being out injured for the vast majority of last season.
It seems Rafa wants a more commanding goalkeeper and he may bring one in during the summer or even in January?
There were more reports yesterday that Karl is surplus to requirements at Newcastle – we cannot fully understand it and Rafa also tried to sell him last summer to Middlesbrough.
The plan then was to bring in free agent Willy Caballero from Manchester City but it didn’t work out and he joined Chelsea instead.
What do you think?