Karl Darlow wasn’t ‘misled’ over Leeds United summer transfer from Newcastle

Former Leeds United and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson doesn’t believe Karl Darlow would have been made any first-team promises ahead of his summer switch from Newcastle United.

The 33-year-old left St James’ Park to join Daniel Farke’s new-look Leeds squad last summer, at a time when Illan Meslier’s future was in the air following relegation from the Premier League. However, the French stop-stopper stayed at Elland Road and has remained the No 1 choice, meaning Darlow has yet to feature in the Championship.

The former Nottingham Forest man has had to be content with two appearances in the Carabao Cup, had has found himself on the bench again, after slipping down the pecking order at Newcastle behind Nick Pope and Martin Dubrakva. However, Robinson says that’s the way things go for goalkeepers, and he would have been made no guarantees.

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“No I don’t think he was promised anything,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “I don’t think he’s been misled. You understand as a goalkeeper that nobody’s guaranteed to play. You go in there as a number one or a number two and you know there’s going to be competition for your place.

“He’s an excellent goalkeeper, he’s a proven goalkeeper. He’s got great career stats if you look at him in the Championship, his experience is there. Nobody’s guaranteed to play, you’ve got to earn the right to play. Whether he thought he was going to get more minutes or not is irrelevant now.

“If Leeds United are a team that are challenging at the top of the Championship and become a Premier League side there’s a lot of people who want to be a part of that, it’s not a bad bandwagon to be on.”

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