By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

13th Sep, 2023 | 9:10pm

Karl Darlow already 'disappointed' at Leeds United as he's made to wait

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Karl Darlow will be “disappointed” not to be Leeds United’s top-choice goalkeeper this season after Illan Meslier’s unexpected stay at Elland Road but will eventually “come in as number one”, according to Paul Robinson.

The 32-year-old made the move from Newcastle United earlier in the summer with many expecting him to be Daniel Farke’s permanent number one with Meslier tipped with a move/ Since, the Englishman has just two League Cup appearances including their shock exit against Salford City.

Darlow’s significant Championship experience was likely a big influence in Leeds’ decision to sign him, having spent three full seasons in the second division with Nottingham Forest and a half-season loan last season at Hull City.

Robinson claims that while Darlow may be disappointed in a lack of game time, he will “bide his time” and likely earn more minutes under Farke, through a Meslier sale or if the Frenchman sees another dip in form.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “I think potentially Darlow will be disappointed, but he’ll bide his time.

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“He’s a very good experienced goalkeeper and played at the top level. Darlow’s very experienced in the Championship and being at a club like Leeds United isn’t a bad thing.

“It’s a huge football club and with the potential that Meslier’s got, whether it’s January or whether it’s the end of the season, I suspect that he will move on and then Karl will potentially come in as number one.

“If that happens or if Leeds get promoted, you’re part of a Premier League squad again, whether you’re number one or sat on the bench, it’s not an ideal situation for him because he’s not playing.

“I suspect he came with the thought that he was going to play, but he’s not, it’s not worked out that way. But it’s not a bad situation for him.

“Listen, we saw Meslier have a huge dip in form and confidence towards the end of last season, so if he has three or four games like that, the manager can turn around knowing that he’s got a very good experienced quality goalkeeper on the bench that if needs be.

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