Many goalkeepers spend entire seasons on the bench since they are only number 2 on their teams. And even more so, you do not have to stutter about the playing practice of the third goalkeepers, who appear on the field only in the most incredible and rare cases. Only one of these is planned for Newcastle, which will have a hard time.
Nick Pope is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season, but in the last game against Liverpool he did something difficult to explain, grabbing the ball with his hands ten meters from the penalty area, for which he was rightfully sent off. . More importantly, he will miss Newcastle’s next game, and this suspension extends until the English League Cup.
The second goalkeeper, who replaced Pope, will not be able to play in the cup either. Martin Dubravka started the season at Manchester United, whose bid included the Cup, and according to the rules of English football he cannot be announced by another team.
In short, in the final (!) of the English League Cup, you will have to have a third goalkeeper.
Who is he?
Loris Karius will fight off Manchester United’s attacks in the final. It treats of the same goalkeeper that in 2018 brought two goals in the decisive party of the Champions League.
It was that match that broke the German goalkeeper’s career, although he tried to revive it in Besiktas and Unión, but even there he could not do without failures. It was even more surprising that Newcastle, behind the richest sheikhs, returned Loris to big football again. But until recently, only formally. Yes, he’s been at Newcastle since the summer of last season, but he still hasn’t had a minute under his belt. Most often, the 29-year-old German can not be seen in the countryside, but at all kinds of secular parties, where he arrives with the charming Italian TV presenter Diletta Leotta.
Carius is not to be envied. He last appeared on the pitch two years ago, against Hoffenheim, and then you have to ride the heat of English football, trying to take a potential title away from one of the best clubs in the Premier League at the moment. Perhaps Karius will be able to make a dozen saves, bring Newcastle the first trophy since 1955, thanks to which he will silence the fans and pundits who mock him for past failures, but this is hard to believe.
Well, if he was wrong again, then it would be really scary for him. Loris endured the pain of 2018 with great difficulty, barely finding himself, and then a ton of pressure falls on him, and psychological stability is clearly not his forte. If the German makes a serious mistake again, I would venture to suggest that he will announce his retirement.
On February 26 we will know the end of this incredible story.