Newcastle United star hints at potential exit should Steve Bruce drop him again?

Karl Darlow admits he couldn’t go back to being second choice when Martin Dubravka is fit again – raising potential doubts over his NUFC future if and when the Slovakian returns to Steve Bruce’s starting 11.

The 30-year-old shot-stopper has been superb since replacing Dubravka at the of the season, but insists he couldn’t ‘resign himself’ to dropping back to the bench if he loses his place again.

Darlow has made the most saves in Europe’s top five leagues, as well as being named in WhoScored Premier League team of the month for October.

Despite this, the ex-Nottingham Forest ‘keeper is likely to find himself back on the bench in a matter of weeks, with Dubravka likely to be Bruce’s No 1 once he returns from a heel inury.

Here’s what Darlow’s had to say:

“This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do and, after that, it’s a decision that will be taken out of my hands,”

“As long as I know I have done as much as I can do then that’s OK. But I couldn’t resign myself to being No 2 again.

“The ambition is inside me and I have the confidence in my ability to be a No 1 somewhere.”

Now he’s shown what he’s capable of, he’s given Steve Bruce a big decision to make.

That said, Martin Dubravka has been one of the Premier League’s best ‘keepers of the last few years, so I can’t see him being left out for long when he’s fully fit again.

At the same time, Darlow doesn’t at all deserve to his lose his place – so Steve Bruce has a serious dilemma on his hands.

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