Karl Darlow is reportedly now ‘set to leave’ Newcastle United once the summer transfer window opens.
The Lowdown: Out of favour
Darlow has been out of favour at St James’ Park this season, having played just eight times in the Premier League and not featuring since November (Transfermarkt).
Former Tottenham Hotspur and England international goalkeeper Paul Robinson even went as far as to dub him ‘exceptional‘, but it seems as if Dubravka is firmly the number one under Eddie Howe.
The Latest: To leave
Taking to Twitter, Tyneside journalist Scott Wilson has revealed that Darlow is now ‘set to leave’ the Magpies in the summer, with Middlesbrough ‘ready to move’ for his signature:
“Boro will listen to offers for Joe Lumley and Luke Daniels this summer – and are ready to move for NUFC goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Darlow set to leave St James’ this summer in search of regular football…”
Does Darlow have a future at Newcastle?
The Verdict: Move on
It is clear that Darlow is not a starter in Howe’s eyes, and at 31 years of age, it is now time to move him on.
He has been a good servant to the North East club over the years, and his performances in the last campaign that helped them stay up will not be forgotten, but going into the new era, it does not make much sense to stay put, for player or club.
The Toon may even look for a new goalkeeper to replace Dubravka as number one, which would place him further down the pecking order.
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