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Potential Move For Magpie Could Be Best For Both Player And Club



Karl Darlow’s breakout campaign for Newcastle has turned sour a bit over the past few months. The 30-year-old started 25 league matches before Steve Bruce dropped him for Martin Dubravka, who had missed the first four months of the season with a heel injury, in February.

Bruce later revealed that was one of the toughest decisions Bruce has had to make as the Newcastle’s head coach. Darlow’s heroics in the early part of the season helped Newcastle to some crucial points in otherwise lacking team performances.


However, in the midst of a long winless run, Bruce made the tough decision to bring Dubravka back as his number one. While it was extremely harsh on Darlow, it was probably the right call to make.

It does, however, leave Darlow’s Newcastle future in serious doubt. Despite signing a new long-term deal to 2025 in October, Karl will want first-team football as he’s in the prime of his career.

He may not be willing to play second fiddle to Dubravka for yet another season on Tyneside, especially with the soaring development of Freddie Woodman on loan at Swansea.

The Shields Gazette has cited a report in the paper version of the Sunday Mirror that Watford are lining up a £6m bid for Darlow this summer. They see Karl as the long-term replacement for Ben Foster, who turned 38 a few weeks ago.

Watford look well on their way to joining Norwich in bouncing straight back up to the Premier League after being relegated last season. The Hornets are in 2nd with a six-point edge over Swansea with just 4 matches left to play.

While Darlow has been an amazing servant to Newcastle, a move for first-team football to Vicarage Road could be best for both Newcastle and Karl. It will hand Newcastle some much-needed transfer funds this summer while Darlow will get a chance at the first-team Premier League football he deserves.

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169 comments so far

  • Mund

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Worth a bit more than 6M like!

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Hats off to Mourinho. 1st manager to take a proper stand.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Saying its due to performances on sky now so dont know whats true tbh

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Mund

    What? I’ve literally said ‘potentially’ and ‘hypothetical’ so i’m not sure why you think i’m being so sure on it, to call me ignorant is very strange when i’m clearly just giving an opinion and nothing more on a hypothetical scenario. It would be interesting to see if fans would rather have Ashley with potential of a sale down the line in the prem, or PIF but be in the SL. Shame we can’t make polls on here for things!

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    John Crace@JohnJCrace

    Spurs first ESL club to sack their manager. History being made at White Hart Lane

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Big respect to Mourinho if true, lots of conflicting reports though so think we need to wait and hear from Mourinho.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #7
  • lesh

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Despite interest from Spurs, Bruce vows to stay with NUFC.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    “Legacy fans”, that has to be the nastiest wording in this whole sordid scenario.

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  • DaveD1000

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Mr klopp doesn’t seem to be very happy

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Why do Newcastle always get such paltry figures for certain types of players?

    Darlow has proven himself to be decent premiership keeper even backup keepers are going for 10 million most seasons!

    Newcastle do have a bit of decision making to do over keepers though Woodman looks like he could have the highest potential but is he going to want to sit on the bench next season?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Football in England would survive in fact it may even thrive without the big 6

    Get fan ownership involved
    Any team has a chance of a title
    Teams with big local fanbases should be able to punch their weight like us
    Youngsters given more chance

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Sky just had some fresh news from a board member of one of the clubs….so myt be worth watching that…to much to try to say on hear!lol

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  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    These clubs don’t like competition. They don’t like the fact that they do not have a guaranteed revenue stream if they fail to qualify for the Champion’s League because of poor domestic performance.
    They want to bi-pass that annoying problem by forming this new league.
    They’re no longer bothered about the English league. It is insignificant.
    Whether we like it or not foreign fans aren’t going to stump up their hard earned readies to watch Newcastle United v Burnley when they can watch Real Madrid v Juventus.

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #15

    I would be shocked if it wasn’t Greed League related. They have a cup final this weekend and Mourinho was brought in to win cups. Would be a strange sacking after a decent result vs Everton.

    But then again im just a know it all 😉

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #16

    The silence from managers, players and clubs in general at the moment is quite surprising. I thought we would have seen a good amount of comments about this coming from the clubs involved, especially captains of said clubs.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17

    https://www.empireofthekop.com/2021/04/19/spirit-of-shankly-condemn-liverpool-for-agreeing-to-join-super-league-fsg-have-ignored-fans/

    demonstrations are now being planed outside Anfield on Saturday by various fans groups, ???

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  • Pottsclock

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Apparently Mourihno new about the Super League at the start of the season and has been playing sh*t football all season in protest…..

    Same with Arteta at Arsenal.

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #19

    GUARDIAN – Ritchie stands tall when he is needed most

    Allan Saint-Maximin did more than anyone to secure a victory that places survival firmly within Newcastle’s grasp, but Matt Ritchie also merits a mention in dispatches. Ritchie has spent much of this season in first-team exile but an urgent need for points – allied to a return to the back five in which he excelled under Rafael Benítez – has seen Steve Bruce restore him prominence at left wing-back. It is no coincidence Newcastle have won two and drawn one of their matches since an ultra-committed individual, brilliant at galvanising those around him, was readmitted to the fold.

    Appropriately, Ritchie’s cross prefaced another late winner from Newcastle’s new super-sub Joe Willock. The Arsenal loanee was told he had not done enough to warrant a starting slot but would Willock have conceded midfield possession as many times as Jonjo Shelvey did?
    Louise Taylor

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  • mctoon

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry repost ,,, missed bus
    SSN constantly talking about Jose and Tottenham today when there’s such a bigger story today.
    Talking about it being a surprise just before an EFL final.
    Why should the EFL final go ahead now?
    Tottenham v Man City, two clubs sticking they’re fingers up at it’s future.
    Is it a surprise that two team’s yet to release statements on their participation in a ESL still have domestic cups and titles to play for.
    Make a statement, void the final.

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #21

    I for one would watch Burnley v Newcastle I never watch the champions league we are not in it so I have no interest in the champions league

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  • WLtoon

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Any true supporter of football, not glory hunters, will kick the ESL idea into touch, and by the looks of it , they are livid. Even Manure and Pool fans don`t want it.

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Look on the bright side kane won’t break Shearer’s record

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  • Paul141726

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Typed a long missive earlier, but to put it in a nutshell, The American owners of
    ManUre, the Bindippers and the Arse were and are the greedy SOB’s that have wanted this ESL since they became owners. EVERYTHING to them begins and ends with the “bottom line”.

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #25

    England Rugby implemented a selection policy not to include players playing abroad. To protect the national league.

    Can see countries doing the same. How can Greed League lawyers stop it.

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  • Paul141726

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Adam @16

    Think there has been word to players that if they so much as hint at the idea of the ESL being bad for the game, they just might find themselves in the same boat with Jose?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Novo, from previous

    Novo, that’s not strictly accurate. They want to stay in PL, major revenue earner, they want to stay in CL, major revenue earner, but they also want to be in ESL, major revenue earner.

    The league is their bread and butter, the CL is their jam, they now want to stick a big fat blob of cream on top!

    What they’ll stop doing is playing in the 2 domestic cups, why? Because they don’t make money from them. Crowds are low, tv earnings relatively small, let’s face it they’ve been playing reserve teams in cups for years anyway, they want out. That’s the only way they can clear the schedule to fit all these other games in.

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  • Mund

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Adam the fact you question what fans would rather want tells me you really don’t realise how much we want Ashley out. Fans have said they would take relegation to L2 to be rid of him.

    THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS WITH NEWCASTLE UNITED IS BEING RID OF MIKE ASHLEY NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS

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  • hibbit

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #29

    would these 6 owners still pass the PL owners and directors test after the disgraceful way they have behaved towards the very company that they are senior members and officials of with full voting rights,
    could they ever be trusted again to act in the best interest of that company ??

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Good point Hibbit.

    My personal feeling is they will push ahead with this unless EUFA and La Liga and PL etc stand United and firm, and say “go, if you want, but you will be barred from your home league and European competitions forthwith.”

    That will lose them 2 of their major revenue streams to gain a third, probably too big an ask and they’ll scrap the idea.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Board member of one of the so called Big 6:

    “Our primary job is to maximise our revenues and profits. The wider good of the game is a secondary concern.”

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Mund,

    Because this is an entirely different scenario with different consequences? Being relegated to league 2 to be rid of Ashley, would still mean we could get promoted back up to the prem and still be a proud club with a soul. Being in the super league could mean no prem ever again and a club void of any soul no matter who the owner is. I am not trying to suggest what fans want at all.

    Still hypothetical of course (i have no idea what will happen to teams in the prem if they do join the sl), but would you be happier with newcastle solely in the sl but rid of ashley, as opposed to staying in all other competitions but with ashley in place who could still sell at some point?

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  • Reilly

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #33

    “Several of these American owners we’re [Sky] being told, still cannot understand why we have relegation in English football- the quote being used, ‘they just can’t get there heads around the concept.”

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  • Mund

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #34

    B/R Football
    @brfootball
    ·
    2h
    UEFA have just signed off on plans to change the Champions League format from 2024, which would reportedly involve 36 teams and add 100 fixtures per season.

    The plans were in place before 12 major clubs announced their breakaway Super League plan.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #35

    i do think its very wrong to judge these clubs fans and employees over this, as they clearly no say or choice in this decision, and by what i’m seeing are clearly very upset with it

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Everything is in the hands of the football authorities.

    Do they have the balls to collectively stand against this and categorically announce their exclusion from existing competitions if they go ahead?

    It’s a massive “who’s got the biggest clout” exercise and I hope it’s the FA’s and leagues of Europe.

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  • Paul141726

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Micky —- and there we have the truth!!!! No concern for the game.

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  • Mund

    Apr 19, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Adam like I said I don’t agree with the super league but it hasn’t happened and nobody knows what the full structure would be so we can’t really comment on how it would be or if it’s ripping the soul out of football as it hasn’t happened. What we do know all to well is Mike Ashley and the way he has ripped the soul out of this club never mind football in general.

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  • Mund

    Apr 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #39

    hibbit, I’ve not saw one fan who says this is a good idea. The mass majority from all clubs are against it

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  • Adamn_92

    Apr 19, 2021 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Mund, that’s a very politician style answer as you didn’t answer my question at all 😉 haha

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