Karl Darlow will start off as the number two goalkeeper behind Martin Dubravka this season.
Rob Elliott has been pushed down to the number three goalkeeper position although he started as the number one last season.
But Martin Dibravlka is clearly the best goalkeeper in the squad and has raised the bar significantly at Newcastle with his performances this year.
Rafa has also said that Darlow has improved this year through training with the Slovakian, who can play as a sweeper goalkeeper and the 29-year-old has looked fantastic at Newcastle.
But Karl epitomizes what you want in a professional footballer and he will help Martin as much as he can while he himself tries to improve himself at the club.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Karl Darlow
Here’s an interview with Karl reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“It feels a bit different this summer.”
“I think Martin,coming in and doing so well last season, he’s obviously the main man, so it’s about pushing him and helping him, but also selfishly trying to push past him.”
“It’s a different situation to the one I’ve been in in the past, but it’s one I’m relishing. Hopefully, I can do my best and show what I’ve got.”
“We’ve got an abundance of keepers here, but, as far as I know, I’ll be staying at Newcastle. I love the club, I love the fans and St James’s is a great place to play football.”
“It’s always packed out, and it’s unbelievable to play there, so it’s a place I wouldn’t leave in a rush.”
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot to give here and I want to prove that.”
“I think we’ve got great competition all around – it’s a good group,”
““Martin came in and did fantastically well last season so I can have no complaints. “
“It’s one of those where you have to take it realistically what’s going on at the club.”
“But I’ll just carry on doing what I’m doing.”
“We’re professional players, and we’re paid to work hard and stay professional throughout,”
“For myself, I just carry doing what I’m doing and I can look myself in the mirror and be proud of what I’ve done.”
“It would be nice for it to settle down a little! ” “I feel like I’ve achieved a lot here in a short period of time, which was the reason for the move in the first place.”
“I’ve played in the Premier League, had the low of going down to the Championship but then bouncing straight back up, and winning the Championship was so special.”
“Even last season was a success, finishing 10th in our first season.”
“There are lots of positives to be taken from what I’ve achieved and the team’s achieved so far.”
“We’ve just got to carry on as we did last season,” “We’ve got a great set of lads who are up for the challenge.”
That’s a great interview with Karl – who will likely get a chance in the League Cup this year to show just how much he’s improved at Newcastle in the four years he’s been at the club.
He’s just the type of player you want in a squad with a tremendous attitude like that.
And it’s usually your attitude more than anything else that determines just how successful you can be in any profession,