Would Newcastle United signing Geronimo Rulli be the end for Karl Darlow?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Karl Darlow hasn't played a single Premier League game this season and could be replaced at Newcastle United in the January transfer window.

Karl Darlow of Newcastle United reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on April 9, 2016 in Southampton, England.

If Karl Darlow’s Newcastle United career is on its last legs right now, it appears that the life support machine could be switched off in January.

The Sun claims that manager Rafael Benitez remains determined to bring a new goalkeeper to Tyneside after the club failed to reinforce a somewhat problem position in the summer transfer window. Real Sociedad’s Geronimo Rulli is reportedly a target, the £15 million-rated Argentine emerging as one of the most talented young shot-stoppers in La Liga over the last three seasons.

Real Sociedad's goalkeeper from Argentina Geronimo Rulli (L) vies with Rosenborg's midfielder from Norway Yann-Erik De Lanlay (R) during the Europa League football match Real Sociedad vs...

Blessed with fine reflexes and excellent in one-on-ones, Rulli has been tipped to make the step up from La Real for some time and a move to Newcastle could give the 24-year-old the exposure he deserves.

And The Sun adds that Galatasaray’s long-serving number one Fernando Muslera is also on Benitez’s radar – and would be far cheaper at around £8 million.


If either one makes the move to Tyneside in the summer, they could probably expect to replace the solid if not spectacular Rob Elliot between the sticks.

And this could be the final straw for Darlow – who would likely be pushed down to third choice in the pecking order.

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow of Newcastle United shows his dejection after allowing the first goal to West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion...

The former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper starred as Newcastle won the Championship title last season but does not appear to have ever truly won over Benitez. After all, it must be remembered that Darlow only cemented his place in the starting XI last October with Matz Sels struggles and Elliot on the sidelines.

When the latter returned from his cruciate ligament injury, however, Darlow was back on the bench. And, according to The Chronicle, would have been sold to North East rivals Middlesbrough in the summer if they had upped their £5 million bid.

If an offer comes in for Darlow in January, and Benitez signs either Rulli or Muslera, expect Newcastle to take it.

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