On July 3rd 2020 Mark Gillespie returned to Newcastle United.

The goalkeeper had spent 12 years away from the club after being released as a teenager.

He’s a local lad, and his move back to Newcastle last summer certainly meant a lot to him.

“Being a supporter all my life and to be released at 16 was disappointing, but I have gone away, worked hard and now I’m back, and I can’t wait to make the most of an opportunity every Geordie would dream of,” he told the club’s official website.

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Gillespie arrived as the third choice keeper behind Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow, but has featured on the bench in the Premier League.

His only football in a Toon shirt has came in the cup, starting three League Cup ties last season.

Gillespie’s performances were okay, but he did nothing to suggest he should be starting in the league.

Mark Gillespie seems destined never to feature in the Premier League

Injury to Dubravka handed Gillespie a chance to be on the bench in the Premier League last season. And that’s where he’s started the new campaign.


However, Gillespie is now behind Freddie Woodman in the pecking order as well.

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Illness to Darlow and injury to Dubravka has created a goalkeeping crisis at St James’ Park, meaning Steve Bruce might name four stoppers in his 25-man Premier League squad.

But why?

Yes, Woodman is a top young keeper and should be our number one in years to come.

But is Gillespie not good enough to play until one of Dubravka or Darlow are fit and allow Woodman to leave on loan?

Newcastle have a full squad right now, meaning they likely won’t make any more signings.

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This is desperately bad news, as we haven’t improved our squad from last season.

Naming four goalkeepers just seems ridiculous. If Gillespie isn’t good enough to play in the Premier League in an emergency, what was the point in signing him?

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