COMMENT

Newcastle United keeper Nathan Harker must be given a chance to prove himself in the first team once the club mathematically confirms their Premier League status.

Magpies manager, Rafa Benitez, has given hope to the youth team keeper by selecting him to join the first team in their warm weather training trip to Spain.

With Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow both struggling with niggles, and Freddie Woodman out on loan at Aberdeen, it only leaves Martin Dubravka and Harker himself available to the Spanish boss.

Newcastle fans will hope that Benitez signs Dubravka in the summer, but backup options are needed – so, once Newcastle have secured their league survival, it is surely the time to give the 19-year-old his first taste of first team action.

Rafa himself has been full of praise for the young keeper whilst in Spain for his display in the friendly against Royal Antwerp over the weekend, where he was promising between the sticks.

The stopper signed a new two year deal with the Tyneside outfit which shows the faith the club have in the youngster but now that he is second in line for the number one jersey, it would be the perfect time to hand Harker more responsibility.

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