Newcastle: Chris Waugh believes Loris Karius may never be seen after cup final debut
Despite an admirable display at Wembley, Chris Waugh believes Loris Karius may never be seen as a Newcastle United player again.
The Lowdown: Karius played his part
In what was an extraordinary turn of events, Karius was handed his Newcastle debut in the Carabao Cup final and while he failed to keep a clean sheet he did indeed pull off two impressive saves.
Karius will indeed have had visions of his nightmare Champions League final display for Liverpool, but he did showcase that he’s still got the ability to be a good enough keeper for someone.
No matter how well Karius played on Sunday it’s very unlikely he would ever have come close to keeping his spot when Nick Pope returns this weekend and may not even command a spot on the bench now Martin Dubravka is back and able to be called upon.
The Latest: This could be the end for Karius
Despite his decent display at Wembley, Waugh has admitted on Pod on the Tyne that he’s unsure if Karius will ever pull on a Newcastle shirt again with his contract set to expire this summer.
He said: (32:05) “He did make a couple of saves, his first couple of saves were comfortable which I think were good for him but in the second half when the game was stretched he had to make a couple of important blocks.
“This may be his only Newcastle United appearance we may not see him again, don’t know what’s going to happen beyond this season.”
The Verdict: Sensible to part ways in the summer
Given that come the end of the season Newcastle could well still have five first-team goalkeepers on their books in the form of Pope, Dubravka, Karius, Mark Gillespie and also Karl Darlow – who’s currently out on loan – could all still be on Tyneside.
Therefore, moving on from Karius who was only brought in on an emergency loan would make a lot of sense, as well as shipping out Darlow who’s started just one game in England’s third tier for Hull City at the moment.
Newcastle’s biggest problem since PIF took over the club is battling against Financial Fair Play as they’ve struggled to move on players so letting go of Karius should surely be a very simple decision come the summer.