Stats: Four key areas Darlow is already ahead of Krul in

Tim Krul

Nottingham Forest's Karl Darlow is already ahead of Newcastle United's Tim Krul in a number of areas this season.

Newcastle United's capture of Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest this summer was one of the most notable transfers in the Football League.

Although the pair were loaned back to the City Ground, it was a deal which initially frustrated Stuart Pearce who felt he wanted to keep two of his key players.

Since, these frustrations have gone, as the Reds decision to sell the duo of academy-products led to them being able to spend more money in the transfer window, but it will still be a blow to lose them both at the end of the season when their loans expire. 

Lascelles is still highly regarded at Forest, but he actually hasn't been able to break into the team's starting line-up this campaign due to the form of their defence.

Darlow, however, remains the club's first choice in-between the sticks and the statistics show that he will be hard to replace.

They also highlight the fact that he may be able to provide some serious competition for Tim Krul at Newcastle.

  TeamSaves per gameDiving saves per gameCrosses claimed per gameCross Not ClaimedAccurate goal kicks per gameAppearancesMins Played
Karl Darlow Forest 3.1 1 2.1 0 3.7 14 1260
Tim Krul Newcastle 2.1 0.5 1.5 2 4.5 9 810

The Dutchman has monopolised the number one shirt at the North-East side for some time now, but Darlow has the ability to force him out of the team.

The England youth-international may have been playing at a lower level than Krul, but he is ahead of the Dutchman in nearly every key area of goalkeeping this season.

He has made more saves, claimed more crosses and only falls behind his more experienced counterpart in the kicking aspect of the game - where Krul has made more accurate goal-kicks. 

The Dutch stopper has not been at the top of his game so far this season and he may need to be aware of the competition for his place, even if Darlow currently represents another side, otherwise he could be in for a nasty surprise when the 24-year-old arrives at St. James' Park next summer. 

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