As was the case so often last season, Newcastle have outstanding goalkeeping to thank for keeping them in games. However, in this campaign, it’s Karl Darlow’s performances that have been one of the lone bright spots of the season.
He’s come in for the injured Martin Dubravka and been one of the Premier League’s top keepers. Much like Dubravka was last season en route to winning Newcastle’s Player of the Season.
Darlow continues to lead the league in saves, clean sheets, and punches. But having the goalkeeper receive the only plaudits week in week out does not point to a positive campaign.
That’s also the case as Newcastle have not been able to find any consistency and are starting to see more valleys than peaks in the performances. We now enter a crucial stretch of the season where the next five fixtures are ones we should getting results from.
That all starts on Friday at Crystal Palace in what is shaping up to be a critical match. But first, we’ll close the curtain on Saturday’s poor outing against Chelsea.
Karl Darlow has easily won his fourth best player poll of the season with close to half of the total votes. It’s good to see Sean Longstaff in second as the young midfielder was decent under the circumstances.