Loanee Watch - Karl Darlow

As part of this weeks series in the international break, we catch up with another Red out on loan and how he is doing.

The young goalkeeper is off getting vital match experience with Walsall this season, a step up from last season’s loan with Newport County. Regular football at League One is part of Darlow's development as a footballer, and he has been featuring in the Saddlers first team.

He has made 5 League appearances and one in the Football League Trophy since joining on September 21st.

Since joining, and when he was signed was said o be cover for Goalkeeper Grof as main keeper Jimmy Walker was injured he has started every game.

Walsall won those first two games, but have since lost their last 3 which leaves them in mid table. The Football league Trophy game ended up in defeat by Port Vale on penalties 6-5.

I have only seen a little Walsall action on the Football league show and it was of Darlow making an error, a poor kick out only reached around half way and the opposition were quickly on the attack and netted.

Even so it is a fairly decent level of Football for a previously reserve team keeper to be playing. The advantage of playing in a team that is largely mid table means he gets a bit of action in games. The fact also that it is a short term loan is a huge advantage as if things go badly he isn’t committed there for a while.

Darlow is getting vital experience, and by going there to be back up but actually becoming first choice cements that he is a good prospect,.