Karl Darlow Admits He Wants to Remain as Newcastle's Starting Goalkeeper

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow has admitted he wants to remain as the club's starting goalkeeper when Martin Dubravka returns from injury in December.

With Slovakia international Dubravka sidelined since mid-August, the Englishman has had to fill in for the Magpies since the start of the season, playing every minute of the Premier League campaign so far.

Despite conceding four against Manchester United, Darlow earned praise for his exceptional performance in goal. | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

He's put in some commendable performances, earning plaudits from the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Jose Mourinho for stellar displays in goal against Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.

Having not played a single minute of league football during the course of the previous two seasons, Darlow is adamant to not leave any stone unturned as looks to nail down the number one spot at the club.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "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."

Darlow is competing with Martin Dubravka for a place between the sticks. | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Darlow added: "The ambition is inside me and I have the confidence in my ability to be a number one somewhere and, if the situation comes around where I am going to be a number two for a long period, then I would do my best to come back as a number one."

The former Nottingham Forest stopper is set to keep his place in the starting XI for his side's clash against Southampton at the weekend. Previewing the game, he said: "It is really tight at the moment with how the teams are performing and we are obviously one win away from being in the top six or so.

"It is still early days but we want to put in another good performance and hopefully we can come out with a victory that can push us up the table just before the international break.

Newcastle United v Everton - Premier League | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

"It is one of the best starts we have had in nine or so years so having that basis to build off and go out and give another good performance like we have the last couple of weeks would just be something, momentum-wise, that can take us through into the international break and look to build on when we are back."

Source : 90min