Rafael Benitez planning to sell Newcastle United's Karl Darlow... but he should be starting

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,...

Rob Elliot has replaced Karl Darlow as Newcastle United's number one stopper this season.

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...

According to a report in the Chronicle, Newcastle United are considering selling Karl Darlow in the January transfer window, but he should be starting him.

Rob Elliot may not have done too much wrong since being promoted to Newcastle’s first choice stopper, but he also hasn’t done anything outstanding.

Newcastle United's English-born Irish goalkeeper Rob Elliot kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium in...

And, given that Darlow kept goal while Newcastle earned promotion last term, it may be time to recall the 27-year-old.

Darlow has had to watch on from the sidelines throughout the season so far, and he may feel slightly harshly treated.

Karl Darlow of Newcastle United celebrates saving a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United at City Ground on December 2, 2016 in...

The former Nottingham Forest man was solid throughout last season, and it is arguable whether Elliot has proven to be an upgrade.

With Newcastle losing their last four matches, Rafael Benitez needs to find the winning formula sooner rather than later, and that may include bringing Darlow back into his side’s starting line-up.

Newcastle are next in action this evening, when they take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

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