Karl Darlow turned 29 earlier this month and has made just two league cup appearances for Newcastle over the past two seasons. His last start in the league was a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in February 2018.
The next match was Martin Dubravka’s debut for Newcastle in the 1-0 win against Manchester United. Martin has gone to start 60 straight Premier League matches for Newcastle.
The 30-year-old Slovakian also signed a new 6-year contract theoretically keeping him on Tyneside for some time to come.
Darlow, on the other hand, will see his current contract expire this summer if he doesn’t get a new deal. While Karl seems very happy at the club, he is unlikely to unseat Dubravka as Newcastle’s number 1.
Though, Steve Bruce doesn’t see it the same way. He would like to see Darlow stay at Newcastle and seize any opportunity that may come his way.
The Chronicle have published some comments made by the head coach about his back-up keeper:
“I’d like Karl to stay too. It is vitally important that we have that competition.
“I don’t go with ‘He is number 1 and he’s number 2’. If and when he gets his chance Karl will be fine.
“Look at Ciaran Clark he wasn’t even in the squad the week before he got his chance against Man United. It’s a squad game.
“Yes, the goalkeeper situation is always different, but I think Martin has had a very good time since he arrived at the club and we’re delighted to tie him down.”
It’s a tricky situation for Karl to be in. He’s not featured much and while it’s all well and good to wait for his chance, it’s a chance that may never come.
Darlow is in his prime years and we would assume would like to get on the pitch. However, he is only likely to do that consistently if he moved on to another club.
With Freddie Woodman hopefully in line to get a new deal as well, Darlow would likely be third in the pecking order on Tyneside if he were to stay.
While all clubs should have three dependable goalkeepers in the squad, it’s going to largely depend on how Karl feels about primarily being seen as cover.
We would welcome Darlow staying beyond this season but also understand that may not be in the best interest of his career.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player For The Month Of October?
- Allan Saint-Maximin (42%, 277 )
- Fabian Schar (34%, 223 )
- Ciaran Clark (11%, 70 )
- Matty Longstaff (10%, 67 )
- Martin Dubravka (3%, 18 )
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