Pundit names major reason why keeper will quit Newcastle this summer

Date published: Tuesday 23rd March 2021 12:37 - Neil Foster

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Paul Robinson feels goalkeeper Karl Darlow will leave Newcastle United this summer after seeing his England hopes dashed by Steve Bruce.

Darlow, 30, was the Magpies’ first choice keeper for the first 25 Premier League games of the season. He put in some superb displays in a struggling side and earned plenty of praise for his performances between the posts.

There was talk that the former Nottingham Forest shot-stopper might even be in line for an England call-up. But he was dropped in favour of Martin Dubravka after a poor performance in a 3-1 loss to Manchester United.

That appeared to end any hopes of being involved with the Three Lions during the current international break. Former England keeper Robinson believes he stood an excellent chance of making Gareth Southgate’s squad.

“I think he was in with a serious shout of getting in the England squad before he got dropped,” he told Football Insider. “It would have been between him and Sam Johnstone. Johnstone has been exceptional this season but so has Karl Darlow.

The Times reported that Darlow was incensed by the way Steve Bruce handled the situation.

Exit looming for Darlow

The Northampton-born ace penned a new five-year deal last September. He seemed settled on Tyneside and ready for a lengthy spell in the first team.

The former Aston Villa youth star has spent a lot of time on the bench in recent seasons. He did feature in 35 Championship matches during 2016-2017 as Newcastle gained promotion to the top flight.

But he has had to play second diddle to Dubravka since then until being handed an opportunity this term. Robinson feels his days in the north east are now numbered.

And he will look for a way out regardless of whether the Magpies stay up or are relegated.

“It is always going to be difficult for Darlow with someone of Dubravka’s quality behind him,” added the former Leeds and Tottenham man. “Managers tend to have a loyalty to their number one goalkeeper. It is almost like a comfort blanket.

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“Darlow was very highly rated when he was young but he has struggled for game time at Newcastle.

“I think the way he has played this season, and how close he got to an England call up will give him the hunger and desire to go and play regular football. I think regardless of whether Newcastle stay up, he will leave this summer.”

 

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