Steve Bruce has paid tribute to Newcastle United no.2 Karl Darlow – insisting that his lack of Premier League appearances does not reflect his performance levels behind the scenes.
The goalkeeper must’ve taken last Friday’s news to suspend all English football worse than most, with denied a chance to make his first Premier League start in over TWO years following Martin Dubravka’s injury.
That said, he’s had his praises sung by Steve Bruce this week, who’s hailed his displays both in the cup and on the training ground.
Here’s what the NUFC boss has had to say about Darlow when discussing our strength in depth between the sticks:
“Karl’s played in the cups and played very, very well. We’re very, very fortunate that we’ve got three or four good goalkeepers.
“The kid at Swansea (Woodman), who we’re monitoring, is doing very, very well, but Karl is very, very decent.
“I see him every day, and he’s a very good.
“A very good goalkeeper, so if he gets his chance, I have no problem that he’ll be a very good deputy for Martin.”
Interestingly, the Northern Echo claim Bruce will start Darlow in our FA Cup clash with Manchester City whether Dubravka is fit or not – although it remains to be seen if that quarter final fixture will ever be played.
Dubravka may be a safer pair or hands and undoubtedly the club’s player of 2019/20, but hopefully Darlow can grasp his chance – if one actually presents itself over the coming months, that is!