NUFC man in talks over new 5 year deal despite coming ‘incredibly close’ to leaving over the summer

Some surprising news on the goalkeeper front, with the Guardian’s Ed Aarons confirming that Karl Darlow is in talks with the club over a new five and-a-half year deal.

He’s generally played second fiddle to Rob Elliot (when fit) and recently described himself as being ‘incredibly close’ to joining Middlesbrough in a £5m move over the summer, so to hear he’s close to committing his long term future suggests an interesting change of by Benitez.

Whilst he showed outstanding form in the 1-0 away win at Stoke on New Years Day, Darlow has often failed to convince when given a chance so far this season. It seems odd that our second choice keeper would commit to such a deal when Benitez is clearly intent on bringing in his own number one.

With this in mind, could this mean the end of Rob Elliot? A few fans seem to think so and they make an interesting point:

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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