Newcastle must surely offer their 28-year-old backup star a new deal and Benitez must ensure it happens

Newcastle United opinion: Should the Magpies offer Karl Darlow a new deal?

English news outlet the Chronicle has reported that Newcastle United and goalkeeper Karl Darlow are ready to come to an agreement, regarding a new deal. The 28-year-old shot-stopper has been a reliable man for the Magpies, after making the move in the summer of 2014.

However, things have changed this season, with manager Rafael Benitez opting to use someone else. The Magpies brought in Martin Dubravka last summer and the 30-year-old has become Benitez’s first-choice in goal since then.

Furthermore, Benitez has opted to use young Freddie Woodman as his main shot-stopper in the FA Cup, leaving Darlow with just the EFL Cup games. The 28-year-old made his first appearance of the season when the Magpies losing to Nottingham Forest.

While Karl Darlow wasn’t at fault for any of the goal, he looked a level below Dubravka. Barring Darlow and Dubravka, Newcastle United only have 32-year-old Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman at their disposal.

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Elliot is yet to play this season, while Woodman hasn’t had the best of times when picked in the FA Cup.

Darlow needs consistent game-time and is a more than capable back-up goalkeeper. Karl Darlow has proven that this season, on more than one occasion and that is why it would be in Newcastle United’s best interests to offer him a new deal.

That might be complicated by the fact that both Leeds United and Aston Villa (Sun) have shown an interest in the past.

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The 28-year-old is perfect for Newcastle United as a back-up. Newcastle should do everything to keep him at the club for a little longer.