Yesterday, we asked fans which three Newcastle goalkeepers they would have liked to have seen available to Rafa Benitez this season.

The poll prompted by the surprise news that Tim Krul’s loan deal at Brighton had now turned into a permanent move, meaning the Dutchman could now potentially face his old club on Sunday.

This summer saw Rafa with a surplus of Newcastle goalkeepers, five on the books and room for only three at the most.

In fact, the United boss made clear that he was aiming to bring in a new number one experienced goalkeeper and if he had succeeded, then surely at least three would have left.

As it happened, Mike Ashley helped block Rafa’s move for that new experienced (high wage…) keeper and in the end he kept Darlow, Elliot and Woodman, with Matz Sels and Tm Krul going out on loan.

At the minute it appears that Rob Elliot is clearly number one, with seemingly Freddie Woodman moving up to be number two, as he has been on the bench for the last three games (wins) and no news of Karl Darlow being on the injured list.

So on Wednesday the question was ‘Which 3 Newcastle goalkeepers would you have kept this season?’, voting as below:

49% Darlow, Elliot and Woodman

25% Elliot, Krul and Woodman

10% Darlow, Krul and Woodman

10% Darlow, Elliot and Krul

2% Elliot, Sels and Woodman

1% Krul, Sels and Woodman

1% Darlow, Sels and Woodman

1% Elliot, Krul and Sels

1% Darlow, Elliot and Sels

0% Darlow, Krul and Sels

So half the Newcastle fans would have gone with the same options Rafa went with.

As for Tim Krul, it is almost the same support for him.

In the options we gave above, he ends up getting 47% when adding up where he picked up votes, with the support for each individual being:

88% Elliot

88% Woodman

71% Darlow

47% Krul

6% Sels

Interesting to see the support for the promising Freddie Woodman.



  • Paul Patterson

    Go back back to the start of the season and I bet the results would be different.
    Elliot wasn’t favoured by a lot of fans. It’s only because he’s played well of late.

  • mentalman

    Karl Darlow has an ankle injury and isn’t due back until monday

  • NUFCDan

    Should have kept one from Krul or Sels as third choice and allowed Woodman to go out on loan for a season. Look at Pickford he was on loan at Conference/L1/Championship for 4 years before becoming a Prem regular.

  • ghostrider

    I think that poll is about spot on.