Karlow Darlow’s situation at Newcastle United is different from Emi Martinez’s before he left Arsenal – he will stay and fight for his place
That is according to ex-Premier League goalscorer Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Darlow was benched for a second successive game on Sunday.
Dubravka started ahead of Darlow for the 0-0 draw against West Brom on Sunday, just as he did for last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.
Prior to the Wolves game, The Times revealed that Darlow is “deeply unhappy” with Steve Bruce’s decision after impressing between the sticks throughout 2020-21.
Football Insider pundit Paul Robinson predicted the 30-year-old may engineer a move away from the club in the summer in order to be a first-choice stopper.
Campbell disagrees with Robinson and claims that Darlow will be content to stay and fight for his place next season.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I’m not sure if he’s gonna consider a move in the summer. Although, you never know what can happen.
“There will be teams that are looking at goalkeepers but I think he’ll get games at Newcastle, I really do. Whether he wants to go somewhere and be a number one, I’m not sure.
“But if there’s a loss of form from Dubravka and he comes back in, listen, sometimes you just accept it. He’s relatively young anyway, he’s got plenty of time.
“There are parallels with Emi Martinez at Arsenal, but he had been at Arsenal ten years. He had his games and then all of a sudden he had a purple patch. But before that, I don’t think I heard anybody mention his name. Then Leno gets injured and he comes in.
“He’s done really well at Newcastle. But Dubravka is number one. This is something he’ll have to take into consideration. You’ve played yourself in a position where the manager won’t hesitate to throw you in, but you’re still the number two.”
Dubravka spent the first half of the campaign out injured with a heel injury but started every match in the 2019-20 season.
Dressing room unrest is rife at Newcastle of late after Bruce confirmed a fallout with Matt Ritchie and Football Insider revealed discontentment surrounding the treatment of the Longstaff brothers.