There were a few reports over the summer that Leeds were interested in Karl Darlow. One report claimed that Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa had identified Darlow as the replacement for Kiko Casilla should he have left Elland Road in the summer.
The Spanish keeper is still with Leeds and has started every league game for them this year.
However, it was also reported that Leeds made an approach for Darlow despite Casilla remaining at the club. Football Insider was the outlet that reported that claim.
They have followed up with another report today making the assertion that Leeds made multiple offers for Darlow last summer.
The 29-year-old has played fleetingly for Newcastle since the arrival of Martin Dubravka two years ago. Darlow has made just four cup appearances this season.
Karl’s contract runs out this summer, and it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be leaving Newcastle on a free.
However, the decision to keep Darlow despite receiving offers was sensible. While we’ll get nothing for him this summer, he wouldn’t have commanded much of a fee last summer in any case.
Darlow is a dependable back-up who has played well this season in the FA Cup. He’s also been at Newcastle since 2015 which means he’s one of the longer-tenured players at the club.
That would have proved useful in keeping the squad close-knit during our early season woes after a summer of upheaval. We still hope Newcastle can extend Darlow as he’s been an outstanding servant for the club.
However, that would not be the best option for Karl as he should be playing regularly at this stage of his career.