Newcastle have made a bright start to the summer transfer window securing the signings of two defensive reinforcements, while top target Sven Botman has finally been confirmed as a Toon player.
One of their other signings was recently relegated and England international Nick Pope who will be arriving to push and challenge Martin Dubravka, but it’s not just the Slovakian international that could feel the impact of Pope’s arrival, with Darlow and Gillespies’ futures now well and truly in doubt.
Casey has claimed that the Magpies are now looking to overhaul their goalkeeping department following Pope’s recent arrival.
Do Newcastle need to overhaul their GK department?
“From what I’ve got, there’s going to be an overhaul of the goalkeeping department. Woodman will go, Gillespie will go and Darlow will go.
“If the price is right, you might see Dubravka go as well and they might bring in one or two young goalkeepers.”
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While the departures of both Darlow and Gillespie would not be huge losses or even a surprise on Tyneside given neither of them pushed Dubravka for the number one spot, it would be a big shock if the club’s current number one was to depart given that would then leave them with just Pope as a senior shot-stopper.
And it is apparent the Newcastle players also rate Dubravka highly with Allan Saint-Maximin taking to amazing not too long ago to call the goalkeeper ‘amazing’.
Darlow has seen himself linked with a move just down the road to Middlesbrough which would likely see him pick up a lot more game time than if he decided to remain on Tyneside, whereas Gillespie, who was with the club as a youngster, may well be happy to stick about in the dressing room given that’s all he’s done since returning in 2020.