Karl Darlow has not played a lot of football in recent years at St James’ Park, but will surely now get a chance to prove himself with some more minutes for Newcastle United.
The English goalkeeper was part of the Magpies team that promoted from the Championship back in the 2016/17 campaign, but since then has found first-team minutes difficult to come by.
He’s made five appearances across all competitions so far this campaign, with all of them coming in cup fixtures.
The 29-year-old is surely now in pole position to play in the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City, as well as step into the starting XI for some Premier League games too.
Newcastle have confirmed (official website) that number one goalkeeper Martin Dubravka will at least miss the rest of March with a knee injury, which he sustained in the league victory away to Southampton last weekend.
Steve Bruce’s side will hope the 31-year-old shot-stopper is back in action quickly, as he’s arguably the most important individual on the pitch for them over the last year.
But it does at least open the door for Darlow to remind everyone of his talents.
Darlow is likely to get the nod over experienced teammate Rob Elliot in goal, that’s if the pecking order used so far this season is anything to go by.
Darlow has made some eye-catching saves during Newcastle’s FA Cup run so far, but could now be thrown into a mammoth fixture against Manchester City in the quarter-finals and also league games.
There will be some pressure off him in the league considering the team are eight points clear of safety, but stepping into Dubravka’s gloves is a tall order.
He’s got to make the most of his moment in the limelight and prove he’s got the ability of a Premier League goalkeeper.