The Newcastle United goalkeeper has quickly impressed his under-21 coach.
Newcastle United’s under-21 coach Peter Beardsley has been speaking to the club’s official website about his players’ performances in Monday’s clash with Blackburn Rovers.
The two sets of youngsters played out a 1-1 draw, with Jamie Sterry scoring for the Magpies, but it was another player that Beardsley reserved special praise for.
Goalkeeper Karl Darlow has been on the bench for Newcastle’s recent Premier League matches against Southampton and Swansea City, but he finally got the chance to get some game-time this week and he seized the chance with both hands.
The Newcastle stopper made 111 appearances for Nottingham Forest so he has plenty of experience, but this was his first 90-minute outing for Newcastle and his performance suggested he has a very bright future at St James’ Park.
Speaking to nufc.co.uk, Beardsley said, “Karl was brilliant, from the moment he knew he was playing, right until the moment he left the dressing room after the match.
“He’s a good leader and has plenty of experience from playing in the Championship…that’s why I made him captain, and he was excellent.”
Darlow may have plenty of challenges ahead to ultimately make it as Newcastle’s long-term number one but he has started as he will mean to go on, and that can only be a good thing for him, Beardsley and the club as a whole.