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Tim Flowers tips young Newcastle star for England

6 years ago
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Former international keeper Tim Flowers believes that Karl Darlow has what it takes to play for England.

Newcastle bought the twenty four year old goalkeeper in the summer and instantly loaned him back to Nottingham Forest for this season.

Despite their results falling away after a great start to the season, Darlow (pictured) has still been getting rave reviews.

Flowers sees the up and coming keeper at close hand in his position as a coach at Forest and also speculates on whether he could even be first choice at Newcastle next season.

Talking to the Nottingham Post, Flowers said;

“He has to aim for the stars, but he’s a confident kid.

“Firstly he has to establish himself at Newcastle. Will he start there, next season? I don’t know.”

Regular football a must;

“The be all and end all, at his age, is to be playing football every week and to be learning from that.

“He is not going to get into the England squad if he is not playing, so he will need to get into the team at the next level up.”

”Karl can be very, very good. There is no question of that.

“And there will be a point in his career where he will look to get into the England set up.”

What’s in Newcastle’s mind?;

“His next hurdle will be to get into the team in the Premier League.

“He is at a really good age and is just coming into his time. He is not there yet and it could be two or three years before he gets there.

“I don’t know what is in Newcastle’s mind. We know he is their player after this season.”

Tim Krul is obviously Newcastle’s number one at the moment, but buying a player like Karl Darlow only really makes sense, if there is a plan in place to eventually get him involved with the first team.

No doubt if Tim Krul keeps his recent form up, there will be speculation that Mike Ashley could cash in on him and make a profit by replacing him with Darlow.

It would be great though to think that Darlow may be brought in next season to compete with Krul instead, as the Dutch keeper is showing a worrying tendency to pick up injuries on a regular basis.

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