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It Looks The End Of The Road For This Much Improved Newcastle Player

It seems that Rafa has made up his mind about the goalkeepers at Newcastle and while Karl Darlow started the season last year down the pecking order he is likely to start this preseason in a similar place – but Rafa Benitez  seems ready to sell him.

In fact the Chronicle are reporting today that Rafa has already told the 26 year-old  he can leave the club this summer after signing on for us with team-mate Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest three years ago for a join £7M.

It’s a strange world this work of football when you have probably your best season between the sticks for a top club and you are surplus to requirements  in the following preseason.

Karl Darlow congratulated by Rafa Benitez
That was after his brilliant penalty save against Palace to get us all 3 points

The Sun is reporting that Newcastle have already rejected a £5M bid for Karl and they value him higher than that.

The news is that Middlesbrough are desperately searching for a goalkeeper after they surprisingly let both Spaniard Victor Valdes and American Brad Guzan leave the club this summer –

The news is that manager Garry Monk will return with an improved bid and if it’s a lot closer to £10M Newcastle could well accept the bid.

It may be there is a bidding war between Middleburgh and Reading which would be good for Newcastle.

But Rafa will need to bring in a number one goalkeeper soon although we think he could start with Rob Elliot as his number one choice and Rafa rates him highly and we have every faith in Elliot at Newcastle.

It’s still a bit of a mystery about what Rafa thinks of the returning Tim Krul but if Tim starts to show his best form in preseason then Rafa may have to rethink about the 29 year-old Dutch International long-serving goalkeeper.

We have so far failed with efforts to sign free agent Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero on a  free transfer who went to Chelsea and we suppose there’s still a chance – a slight chance – we can get Pepe Reina from Napoli and Pepe seems to be the manager’s first choice.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Well Rafa has made his mind up so that should be good enough for us fans, As we keep getting reminded of

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #2

    with the sad tragedy of young Bradley, it’s great to see football transcend it’s differences.

  • toon kk

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Sad news about Bradley, poor kid.

  • giimps

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Rip young Bradley

  • Phil K

    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #5

    I think my son summed Darlow up when I tried to defend him as making a few excellent saves – and my son said “Yes – directly from his own mistakes” and that was true. That lunatic bit of keeping at Norwich for example. He’s young and plenty of time to get those rushed of blood out of his game – but probably better at a championship club where he’ll be No.1 keeper

  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 7, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice one Rafa i’m happy with this just don’t rate him at all would love if we could do a deal with Boro which included Traore with good management he could be on a different level to anyone we have right now.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #7


    Celtic now interested in Darlow as well.
    10 mill and Darlow and see if we can do a px for Tierney

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 7, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #8
  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #9

    One out and one in Ron.
    Sound familiar!

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 7, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #10

    I think they’ll struggle when it comes to Rivière, jazzy!

  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 7, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #11


    Yep or that deal will do nicely, Both very good players who would improve us.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #12

    jib Jibberish – my quiz was obviously too hard for you and I must say you were very naughty only posting to have a pop at another poster – disgraceful.
    After the handbags earlier today there were a couple of “interventionists” who protested at this sort of behaviour. I would anticipate that even as I’m writing this they will be preparing their rebukes of your behaviour to clearly demonstrate their evenhandedness in their protests of this type of behaviour and to firmly negate any suggestion of bias towards some posters and not others. You’ll see – just wait.

    Quiz answer. Peter Beardsley said it about Tubbs, Owl Heed and King Percy.


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