Karl Darlow ready to compete with Rob Elliot for Newcastle first-team spot

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Rob Elliot is the first-choice goalkeeper for Newcastle United at the moment.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has told the club’s official website that he is ready to compete with Rob Elliot for a first-team spot.

Elliot, who has been on the books of Newcastle since 2011, is the club’s first-choice goalkeeper at the moment due to a long-term injury to Tim Krul.

Darlow, who returned to the Magpies from a season-long loan spell at Nottingham Forest in the summer, is determined to push the 29-year-old, having recently recovered from injury problems of his own.

“Robbie has done really, really well coming in,” the 25-year-old former Forest goalkeeper told Newcastle’s official website. “He had an excellent game at Bournemouth and did well again at the weekend.

"He's the man who has got the number one shirt right now, and I need to prove to the head coach through training and under-21 games that I can play and that I'm ready to play.

"That sort of competition (with Elliot) is fine by me. It's part and parcel of football and you know what you are getting into with this job. There is always people fighting for places, so I've just got to do my best and prove that I'm ready.”

Newcastle may be struggling for points and for form at the moment, but Elliot has done relatively well and deserves to retain his spot in the starting lineup.

The former Charlton Athletic man has kept two clean sheets in five Premier League appearances, making an average of 1.8 saves per game and 1.13 saves per goal.

Newcastle are 17th in the Premier League table at the moment with 10 points from 17 matches, just a point above the relegation zone.

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