NUFC handed surprise fitness boost – but does this make Bruce’s odd call even more baffling?

Karl Darlow is in line for a possible return against Man Utd next Saturday, according to The Times.

The goalkeeper has been recovering from coronavirus and, ironically, he has not made an appearance for us since our 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford back in February.

Woodman has had a steady start to the season between the sticks – despite conceding eight in three league games so far – although the 24-year-old not being helped by a shaky defence playing in front of him.

Losing his place to Darlow next Saturday would therefore be extremely harsh, but may also make a mockery of the fact Steve Bruce is likely to name FOUR goalkeepers in our 25-man Premier League squad.

With first-choice Martin Dubravka ruled out for at least another month, could either Woodman or Mark Gillespie have been loaned out with the knowledge that Darlow’s return was around the corner?

More importantly, should we really be throwing the latter into the deep end against a Man Utd side who are bouncing after the return of Cristiano Ronaldo?

Bruce has had a big call to make on our goalkeepers this summer and it seems as though he has dragged the situation out in the hope of pleasing everyone.

Let’s hope his lack of decisiveness doesn’t turn into a costly mistake further down the line.

2 thoughts on “NUFC handed surprise fitness boost – but does this make Bruce’s odd call even more baffling?

  1. This is some of the finest comedy I’ve read in ages!
    A steady start – despite conceding 8 goals in 3 games. That’s funny!
    Just a reminder here – Dubravka and Darlow played in front of the same defence last season and even in the direst run in club history didn’t concede 8 in 3 games.
    Then there’s the bit about Darlow being back to face Man U.
    He missed most of preseason, and was back in training only last week, having lost over a stone in weight, and you are repeating garbage suggesting that he should be OK to face Man U? That must be some training regime he’s on – putting a stone of muscle back on in 2 weeks.

    I appreciate that this article is yet another (very) thinly veiled attack on Bruce, because that’s all you ever do, because that’s what get’s hits – preaching to the mob.
    But how about you and your mates actually try to come up with something original, rather than just repeating articles from ignorant hacks? Go on. Give it a go, just for a change!


  2. The only reason four keepers were to be named in squad was probably so as there would be no more room in the squad for another player.


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