Have Newcastle dropped hint of starting XI v Wolves with programme cover?
By Will Butcher
Newcastle could have potentially dropped a starting line-up hint after placing reserve goalkeeper Karl Darlow on the cover of their match programme.
The Toon face Championship rivals Wolves for the second time in four days in the third round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, and former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow is expected to be given a chance ahead of undisputed number one Matz Sels.
Newcastle’s official Twitter account revealed that the 25-year-old stopper was on the cover of Tuesday’s match programme, despite starting just one other game this season.
PROGRAMME: @KarlDarlow is our cover star tonight ⭐️
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 20, 2016
Darlow is one of an abundance of goalkeepers on Tyneside, with the likes of Belgian Sels, Freddie Woodman, Rob Elliot, Tim Krul and Finnish stopper Otto Huutanen all on the books.
Newcastle’s number 26 was in line to be given the number one jersey at St. James’ Park this season, after excelling between the sticks for Rafa Benitez’s side during their fight against Premier League relegation last term.
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However, Benitez decided to bring in 12 new players this summer and Sels was one of those, joining from Belgian side Gent on a five-year deal.
Darlow joined Newcastle back in 2014 along with captain Jamaal Lascelles but was instantly loaned back to Nottingham Forest. Lascelles has prospered under former Real Madrid boss Benitez, but Darlow is yet to flourish and if he does start tonight, he will be hoping he can prove a point.
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