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Despite Receiving Offers Newcastle Made The Sensible Decision To Keep Magpie This Season

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.

9 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #1

    If there’s one position where we have been strong in recent years, it’s that of goalie.
    Woodman has to be a challenger for no.1 spot next season, so it makes sense to let Darlow benefit from regular games elsewhere.

  • hibbit

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    looking like he’s going to be a free agent in the summer, so far no new contract offer being made from the club,plus a long list of other players in the same boat as Karl.
    it’s looking like a big clean out is coming????

  • jazzyp

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #3


    It must mean if ya read between the lines..Put 2 and 2 together..Believe everything the wall street says then this definitely points towards a fakeover

  • carltoon

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Darlow will move on next season. Don’t think he’s ever let us down. Been a good back up.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Darlow needs to leave for the benefit of his own career. Woodman will be our second goalie next season, likely with Elliott as back-up, maybe Nathan Harker if Elliott also leaves, though Harker has been out on trial with the unwashed to our South.

  • hibbit

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #6

    nope jazzyp just think there getting rid of a lot of dead wood but playing a dangerous game with 1/2 others,

  • hibbit

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #7

    if the dont offer/give him a new contract he’s gone

  • hibbit

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    jazzyp what did i say that rattled you cage ?????

  • jazzyp

    Feb 11, 2020 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9


    I was joshing matey at how fans are taking this latest Fakeover rumour


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