There were even reports in mid-July that Leeds had approached Newcastle about Darlow. However, nothing came from the links and Leeds are currently in the very safe hands of Spaniard Kiko Casilla at the position.
Football Insider are reporting that Newcastle turned down offers from Leeds for the 28-year-old this summer and that they now risk losing him for nothing next summer. Karl Darlow’s contract only runs until 2020.
The report comes from the angle that Newcastle made a mistake in not selling Darlow this summer. However, we think Newcastle made a responsible decision to hold onto the keeper this season.
Karl Darlow– do Newcastle have plans to keep him?
Karl Darlow is a very good back-up and also would not have commanded a significant fee last summer. He can always sign a new contract with Newcastle this year if the club wish to keep him.
Darlow was only being considered as a back-up for Leeds. Casilla has played in all of their games this season and is clearly their number one. So we’re not sure that would have been an ideal move for Karl.
Leeds brought in French U20 international Illan Meslier on loan with an option to buy from Lorient on deadline day. They also have a Polish goalkeeper Kamil Miazek who is serving as the back-up for the cup competitions.
We think keeping Darlow at Newcastle was a wise decision by the club even if they end up losing him for nothing in the summer. Though we would like to see him get an extension before his contract expires.
While Darlow is never going to be first-choice at Newcastle, he is an experienced back-up. Resigning him will also allow the club to send Freddie Woodman on loan to a Premier League club next season for more first-team games.
Of course, they also need to get Freddie on a long-term deal as well. That should be a top priority this season.