With a rich amount of talent in their ranks, Newcastle have never had a tougher choice when deciding who to put in goal.
Last season’s first choice shot stopper. After Matz Sels’ less than convincing start to life at United, Karl Darlow stepped up to the plate and established himself amongst the best in the division.
However, the question is whether he can do it in the Premier League. He featured towards the end of the 2015/16 relegation campaign.
Despite steady performances though, Benitez didn’t appear too impressed. Buying Matz Sels as a replacement.
His starting place was more due to the failings of others rather than his abilities. Darlow also had shaky moments in the net last season which better oppositions will exploit.
However, Darlow also had some stunning performances. He saved penalties as well as many one-on-one opportunities.
Of course, his crowning moment was his save against Rotherham. Which received praise from across the footballing world including ex-Madrid man Iker Casillas.
Despite the excellent season, he may struggle in the Premier League. Benitez doesn’t appear to fancy him as well with Elliot taking his place for the final few games. I’d say there was an even chance of him starting.
Rob Elliot won the Best Player award in 2015/16. Albeit against poor opposition, he was hugely impressive when stepping in after Tim Krul’s injury.
However, injuries have prevented him from making inroads into the first team. Elliot has earned the reputation of Mr. Reliable in the Newcastle net.
Elliot made appearances in the final few games of the Championship season. Showing his usual strong performances.
Due to his many great Premier League performances, Elliot has made a good case for gaining the first choice spot.
No one would have expected this even two months ago. However, recent performances in the U20s World Cup have forced Woodman into contention.
The youngster has always shown great promise and he took his opportunity in South Korea. Making a memorable penalty save in the final.
There is absolutely no reason why he can’t do it if he is given a chance in the Premier League. However, he would have to deliver and quickly.
It has been somewhat of an interesting year for Newcastle’s former No 1. His initial loan to Ajax simply didn’t get started.
Failing to make the impact he would have wanted being stuck as second choice. Krul, however, was more successful at AZ.
After January, he made 16 appearances for the club, reaching the KNVB Cup Final. Although, Krul won’t be popular after jumping ship following United’s relegation.
However, for United in the Premier League, he has been routinely impressive for the Magpies season after season.
Because of this, he may get another chance.