The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to a story in The Chronicle that claims the club is in talks to extend Karl Darlow’s contract but the player wants assurances of first-team chances. Rob Elliot and Darlow have both been usurped in the second-half of the season by Martin Dubravka, who joined St. James’ Park on-loan in January with a view to a permanent deal.
— Toon Transfer News (@toontransfer) May 1, 2018
Darlow joined the club in summer 2014 from Nottingham Forest before being loaned straight back to the City Ground for the 2014/15 season. Upon his return to St James Park, he found himself battling for a spot between the sticks in the Magpies relegation season with Elliot and Tim Krul, although Eliot was the preferred option, making 22 starts in all competitions. In the Championship, the ex-Forest ‘keeper came into his own, staking his claim as the Geordies’ number one and starting 36 games.
This season though, the 27-year-old has made just ten league appearances plus two further starts in the FA Cup and League Cup. The goalkeeper was slightly below his Irish counterpart in Elliot up until January when Rafa Benitez prioritised a goalkeeper for the Toon. That saw Dubravka come to the Northeast from Sparta Prague and since his arrival, the Slovakian shot-stopper hasn’t looked back. It’s unlikely to see Darlow get consistent opportunities under Benitez with Dubravka at the club, and the fans know that as well as anyone.
You can see our local Geordies’ verdict on Darlow here:
He best not sign then…..
— Burnsie NUFC (@BenArfaChance) 1 May 2018
Aw well so long kidda
— Rob Nicholson (@rob_nicka) May 1, 2018
this why can never build a squad player thinks he's better than the club where will he go championship
— TOON BARMY (@Aggaz82) May 1, 2018
Ah! Well goodbye kidda
— Paul (@Paul23106948) May 1, 2018
I think he’s a decent back up will get better with age too
— Show Us Your Punt (@Showusyourpunt) May 1, 2018
I like Darlow a lot, but I just don’t think he’s up for it yet. Dubravka well ahead IMO. Would love him to stay as a backup.
— Chris Colwell (@ChrisX666) May 2, 2018
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Should use Steve Harper as his example of how to go about it when he was kept out of the side by legend that is Shay Given. He never gave up.
— One portus (@Oneportus) May 1, 2018