Karl Darlow admits frustrations at being left on the bench at Newcastle United

Karl Darlow of Newcastle United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has not featured in the Premier League at all this season.

Karl Darlow of Newcastle United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United boss Karl Darlow has admitted to the Chronicle that he is frustrated to be dropped by Rafael Benitez.

Darlow kept goal for Newcastle last term, as the Magpies won promotion from the Championship, but he has lost his place to Rob Elliott this term.

Elliott has impressed in goal for Newcastle, with the Republic of Ireland international’s form solid.

And Darlow admits that he has been frustrated, as he has had to watch on from the sidelines.

Chris Wood scores the injury time equaliser past Karl Darlow during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St James' Park on April 14, 2017 in...

“Of course it’s been a frustrating start for me,” Darlow said.

“I’ve wanted to play but it’s the manager’s decision so I have to stick by it, just keep working hard on the training ground and hope things improve for myself.

Darlow faces a tough task to break into Newcastle’s starting line-up, due to Elliott’s impressive form.

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on May 7, 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The Magpies have built their success around the strength of their backline this campaign, and it seems unlikely that Benitez will change goalkeepers out of choice.

Darlow could now be heading towards the exit at St. James’ Park, as Benitez still wants to bring in a new number one.

The Chronicle have suggested that Newcastle could bring in a new stopper in January, as Benitez looks to upgrade his goalkeeping options, and that could be the final straw for Darlow.

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