Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow has admitted that he will find it difficult to drop to the bench once Martin Dubravka becomes fit again.
“This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do and, after that, it’s a decision that will be taken out of my hands,” said Darlow as per the Daily Mail.
“As long as I know I have done as much as I can do then that’s OK. But I couldn’t resign myself to being No 2 again.
“The ambition is inside me and I have the confidence in my ability to be a No 1 somewhere.”
The 30-year-old has played in all eight of the Magpies’ league games this season owing to the injury of Darlow. The latter has been incredible in terms of his performances and has so far made the most saves across Europe’s top five leagues.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will have a hard decision to make once Dubravka becomes fit again; the Slovakian international has made the first-choice goalkeeping position at the club his own since his initial arrival at the club from Sparta Prague in January 2018.
He has been one of the club’s standout players in recent seasons, though Darlow’s current form means that a solid case can be made for him to continue occupying the first-choice goalkeeping slot.
With Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s form having been erratic in recent weeks, Dubravka may also feel that he has a chance of England selection.
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