COMMENT By Will Butcher
Newcastle should offload goalkeeper Matz Sels in the summer after he was omitted from the Toon’s matchday squad for the fourth successive time.
Sels, 24, has plummeted down the St. James’ Park pecking order this season after being brought in as Rafa Benitez’s number one goalkeeper from Belgian side Gent for £4.5million.
After starting as the Toon’s first-choice goalkeeper, the rangy Belgian’s error-strewn form has seen him drop to third choice under Benitez.
Sels has struggled to adapt to the physical rigours of English football. He looks shaky on crosses and he has shown poor distribution his 14 appearances this season.
Catastrophic errors against the likes of Aston Villa saw Sels lose his place as first-choice keeper back in September, and he deleted his Twitter account as he faced ridicule from fans.
With one eye now on a team that can survive in the Premier League, it’s extremely unlikely that Sels will be given a chance in a division with much more pressure and a higher level of opposition.
A return back to Belgium could be just the spark Sels needs to reinvigorate his career, with manager Benitez set to orchestrate a transfer exodus in the summer.
The four-time Belgium Under-21’s value has taken a nose dive and the Toon will be lucky to receive half of the £4.5million they paid for him in July.
Karl Darlow started against Aston Villa on Monday despite his blunder against Norwich, while Rob Elliot took his place on the bench for the fourth consecutive match during the 2-0 win.
With the Toon also boasting goalkeeping talents Tim Krul and Freddie Woodman out on loan, time should now be called on Sels’ Newcastle career.
In other Newcastle news, Jamaal Lascelles has delivered this Twitter verdict on the Magpies’ victory over Aston Villa.