Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow is one of the transfer targets for Middlesbrough. The Sun have reported that Darlow and Leicester City’s Daniel Iversen are wanted by Chris Wilder to be their number one next season.
The second-choice keeper has only made eight appearances this season, with both Steve Bruce and Eddie Howe opting for Martin Dubravka when he’s been fit this season.
Darlow has been a very competent backup, but he might be getting to the stage now where he wants to be the first choice. So in many ways this latest bit of Newcastle transfer news makes sense.
Darlow would certainly be a top buy for Boro as they search for a new first-choice keeper
As previously mentioned Karl Darlow has put in some strong performances for the Toon when called upon. Also, for much of Newcastle’s 2016/17 Championship campaign, he was in between the posts for the Magpies.
One aspect in particular that Darlow is really strong at is his shot-stopping. When called upon he’s pulled off some spectacular saves. Furthermore, he was the first keeper in the Premier League to save a Bruno Fernandes penalty when he arrived at Man Utd.
When he’s filled in for Dubravka, the discussion has often come up of who is better of the two. So if Middlesbrough were to land Darlow, it would be a good signing. He’s got experience in both the Premier League and the Championship and is a good stot-stopper.
As much as Newcastle transfer news is much more exciting when it discusses players coming in, they need to sell players too. With financial fair play rules, the Magpies need to sell as well as spend.
At the minute there are quite a few players who need to be moved on. If another keeper is brought in this summer then a couple of them will need to be sold.