Only Newcastle could start the week off with three good goalkeepers and be urgently after a top left back to replace Jose Enrique, and end the week with a new goalkeeper, and no new left back in sight.
Rob Elliot – signing for Newcastle today?
Fraser Forster, who would appear to have lost his chance at Newcastle, has been sent out on loan to Celtic for the season, and Newcastle were left with veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper and 23 year-old Ditch International Tim Krul.
But it now appears that Newcastle will announce the signing today of 25 year-old 6’3″ Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot for a minimal fee.
The news is that Rob will be on the bench for the game at Sunderland on Saturday, so where this leaves 36 year-old Steve Harper, who has been Newcastle’s number one since Shay Given left the club in January of 2009, we have no idea.
Maybe Steve’s knee is playing up again, because only last week manager Alan Pardew had praised Harper and said the local lad had nothing to prove at Newcastle.
Newcastle wanted a new left back this week, but it seems unlikely one will arrive now, and we suppose either Shane Ferguson or Ryan Taylor will now play in that position on Saturday, as Newcastle’s efforts in the transfer market are not being too successful this week.
Of course, Newcastle should still be good enough to take all 3 points at the Stadium of Light on Saturday – that’s a no brainer.