Journalist Ciaran Kelly has noted that Newcastle United goalkeeper Loris Karius unusually warmed up with the outfield players at halftime in the club’s most recent game.
In the Premier League this weekend, the Magpies looked to pick up just their second win of the season so far as they played host at St James’ Park.
Indeed, with Bournemouth coming to visit, Eddie Howe’s men struggled in a frustrating first half as they struggled to turn their dominance into many clear-cut chances.
Despite all that, during the break, it seems as though something unusual caught the eye of Kelly as he spotted Karius apparently ‘eager to impress’ by warming up with the outfield players.
The journalist took to Twitter to say: “Not often you see a goalkeeper warming up at half-time or taking part in an outfield keep ball session, but Loris Karius clearly eager to impress on first match day with #nufc as he gets up to speed. Looks like he’s savouring every moment”
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The former Liverpool man joined Newcastle earlier on in the week, signing a short-term contract to provide cover for Nick Pope with Karl Darlow out injured.
Considering things ended in infamy for the 29-year-old at his last Premier League club – after his Champions League final horror show with the Reds – he may well be keen to rehabilitate his image in England at his new club.
This may explain why he seems so ‘eager to impress’ his new set of fans. After all, goalkeepers tend to do their own warmups ahead of games, instead of joining in with outfield players. Also, most don’t tend to get on off the bench during a match (unless there is any injury) so his halftime action was certainly a little unusual.