With Rob Elliot ruled out for the rest of the season and Tim Krul another long-term casualty, Darlow will play in tomorrow’s relegation six pointer against Norwich at Carrow Road.
It is only his second game at this level having endured a miserable Toon debut at West Brom in December when his howler gifted the home side the three points.
While many fans fear Darlow will prove a weak link in the weeks ahead, Benitez has no such worries.
“Losing Rob, is very bad news for us and for him,” said the Toon chief.
“But from what I’ve seen in training, Karl is a keeper with good qualities and confidence.