We’re not sure who the number two goalkeeper is at Newcastle right now.
Steve Harper – number 2 goalkeeper at Newcastle?
25 year-old Rob Elliot made his debut in the Carling Cup last Tuesday night, but was at fault for at least one of the goals, and seemed to have a bit of a tough night, after he was preferred to Steve Harper for that game.
But Steve was back on the bench for Newcastle in the game yesterday against Blackburn Rovers, so we’re not sure if Pardew will rotate Rob and Steve on the bench, as backup goalkeeper to number one goalkeeper Tim Krul.
After Steve Harper took over from the departed Shay Given in January of 2009, he had a good run in the first team but that run is now over, and the last time the local veteran played for the first team in a competitive game, was the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa last April.
And of course Dutch International Tim Krul now seems to be the definite number one choice, and has been in great form so far this season.
There has been some talk of maybe Harper going out on loan, but manager Alan Pardew is having none of it, as he said today in the Sunday Sun:
“There is no situation with Steve. Harps and Rob are here as back-up to Tim at the moment because Tim has the jersey. It is as simple as that.”
“There is no chance of him going out on loan. None at all.””
Pardew was asked if he said anything to Rob after his debut in the 4-3 win at Nottingham Forest:
“I have not had to say anything to him. He is a very, very good goalkeeper.”
It’s still a bit of a surprise to us as to why we need another goalkeeper, since last season Tim Krul and Steve Harper did the duties at Newcastle.
All we can think of is that Alan Pardew wanted three experienced goalkeepers able to do the first team duties, although of course Newcastle also have Swedish U21 goalkeeper Ole Soderberg in their ranks.
Steve Harper has made 191 appearances for Newcastle in his career, and young Tim Krul, who is improving rapidly at Newcastle, now has 41 appearances.