A number of Newcastle United fans have been reacting angrily to Steve Bruce’s suggestion that he could potentially drop goalkeeper Karl Darlow for Martin Dubravka against Sheffield United this evening.

Bruce has heaped praise on Darlow’s form so far this season and he even outlined that he believes his performances have earned him the number one position for the moment, despite Dubravka’s return from injury. The former Nottingham Forest man has stepped into the team in the Slovakian’s absence and been statistically one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League in 2020/21.

Darlow has averaged four saves per game so far this season in the Premier League (Sofascore) and has made the third-most saves in the top flight (premierleague.com). Such form has even led to reports that he could stake a claim to make it into Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of Euro 2020 this summer.

Dubravka came back into the side against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday, and the Slovakia international will want to reclaim his number one berth. Bruce admitted to the media (as relayed by Craig Hope on Twitter) that it is an ‘awful’ decision to have to make but he did potentially hint that he would be willing to drop Darlow.

Newcastle fans stunned by Bruce’s selection hint

Many Newcastle fans were bemused that Darlow could potentially be dropped from the side, believing that he has been one of their best performers in the Premier League this season. Some are worried that dropping him would crush his confidence and show other squad players that, even if they perform well, they will not keep their places when everyone is fit.

Here is a pick of the Twitter reaction to what one supporter called a “ridiculous” suggestion from Bruce:

Who should start against Sheffield United - Darlow or Dubravka?

Darlow

Dubravka