Newcastle United's signing of Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow this summer was unquestionably a long-term transfer, but it seems that the youngster's future could be in doubt before he has even arrived at St. James' Park.
Darlow has been in excellent form for Forest over the past two seasons and looks one of the finest goalkeeping talents in the country, but Newcastle already have a highly rated youngster in their ranks.
Alan Pardew has talked this season about his desire to put more faith in the team's academy products and one who has been identified to have a big future in the North-East is Freddie Woodman.
Pardew has already commented that he feels the England youth-international is likely to break into the first-team soon and Under-21 manager Peter Beardsley also has given Woodman his backing.
"Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong and Ayoze have all made an impression this season and then we have players like Freddie Woodman waiting in the wings," Beardsley told the Chronicle.
“I love to see them in the first team and there are a lot of good young players at this club with a decent future in the game.”
Woodman has been tipped to become England's next number one stopper because of the form he has shown at youth level.
His presence and ability to command his box is particularly eye-catching for a player of such tender years, but Darlow has also earned similar plaudits during his career to date.
The problem is that Woodman and Darlow will be in direct competition if both are kept at Newcastle and it seems counter-productive to have two highly-rated young stoppers at the same club.
Being an understudy 'keeper is a famously frustrating role, due to the lack of first-team chances, and blocking your own prized youngster's progress by signing another prospect seems to have shown a lack of foresight.
Forest have already talked up the possibility of keeping Darlow beyond his one-year loan spell this season and it may be that the starlet staying at the City Ground is best for everyone involved.