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Only three PL goalkeepers have a better save percentage than Karl Darlow

Newcastle United are unbeaten in the two games that Karl Darlow has played since coming back into the side.

Darlow has seamlessly slotted back into the role and helped marshal a very leaky backline.

The 30-year-old looks back to his best after struggling with the aftereffects of coronavirus, and Martin Dubravka may have a difficult battle on his hands trying to dislodge Darlow for the number one spot, ahead of his return.

Impressive stats for Darlow

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Across Darlow’s two matches, Newcastle’s number 26 has made 12 saves, whereas Freddie Woodman, who played the first four games at the start of the season, has made nine saves.

The 24-year-old’s save percentage from the 19 shots that were registered on his Newcastle goal was 47.4%, which placed him at the bottom of the Premier League table for that specific category.

However, on the other hand, Darlow’s numbers are quite the opposite. His 12 saves from 14 shots on goal give him a save percentage of 85.7%.

In fact, only Jose Sa (87%), Aaron Ramsdale (87.5) and Edouard Mendy (94.7%) currently have a better save percentage according to FBref in the Premier League.

That means that Darlow currently sits above the likes of Kasper Schmeichel (70.4%), David de Gea (76.2%), Alisson (77.8%) and Ederson (80%).

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With Newcastle’s open games showing no signs of ending, Darlow is going to get ample chances to improve on his impressive figure.

But he is also going to have work equally as hard to just retain his spot in the top four as the other goalkeepers he is competing against aren’t playing in teams that offer out chances at the same premium Newcastle do.

It’s good to have Darlow back.

This is no disrespect to Woodman, but he was thrown into a side that didn’t protect him.

If Woodman was playing in the last two games that Darlow had, judging by his form earlier in the season, it’s highly unlikely that Newcastle would be on three points right now.

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