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?