The ex-Burnley ace became Eddie Howe’s second summer acquisition when he signed a long-term deal, although his arrival has raised question marks over the rest of the Toon Army’s goalkeeping department.
What’s the latest news involving Darlow?
Darlow was Newcastle’s first choice stopper for an eight-game period between September and November before he lost his place in the side to Martin Dubravka and wouldn’t play again for the rest of the season.
Therefore, following Pope’s arrival, Darlow looks set to slip down to number three, which surely points towards a move away from Tyneside to improve his chances of game-
Last month, he was on Manchester United‘s radar as an understudy to David De Gea, with Dean Henderson expected to sign for Nottingham Forest, but the Red Devils appear to be pursuing a deal for Watford man Daniel Bachmann.
Despite possibly being third in line of Eddie Howe’s goalkeeping options, Downie reckons the 31-year-old could still play a part under the former Bournemouth boss next season.
What did Downie say about Darlow?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “My understanding is that Karl Darlow has been told he’s got a future at the club, so that leaves a bigger question mark over Martin Dubravka.
“There was a little bit of talk over him leaving in January, but it didn’t materialise at the time.”
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Who will be Newcastle’s number one next season?
Whether or not Howe throws him in from the start or makes him work for his shirt, Pope has not signed for Newcastle to sit on the bench.
The England international is not only a regular in Gareth Southgate’s squad, but he was one of Burnley’s consistently outstanding performers in recent years despite the Clarets regularly flirting with relegation.
Therefore, while Dubravka might have performed well once he came into the side, highlighted by his eight clean sheets in his 26 Premier League outings, Pope should eventually become the club’s first choice goalkeeper.
Beyond that, it remains unclear who might leave between Darlow or Dubravka, but Howe is well covered between the sticks.