Alan Pardew mentioned in his press conference yesterday that Tim Krul sat out training yesterday with a back spasm.
Rob Elliot - been brilliant in training
While Alan said that he expects Tim will be okay for Saturday’s gamer against Stoke after some rest, we wonder if Newcastle really have enough cover at the goalkeeper position.
Tim has been a huge player for Newcastle this season, and his absence from the side in the league this season would be a severe blow to Newcastle, so we have to hope he’s OK for Saturday.
But surely Newcastle need to increase their cover in case Tim is injured next season, and is out for a while.
We expect Fraser Forster to be sold to Celtic in the summer, and it would not b a surprise if a new goalkeeper is brought in over the summer, to challenge Rob Elliot for the back-up goalkeeper position on Tyneside.
Rob is untested in the Premier League, and has played only once for the Newcastle first team, in the 4-3 defeat of Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup last September.
But Alan Pardew seems to have faith in Elliot, whom he says has been brilliant in training:
“Tim had a little spasm in his back, we didn’t see a problem with that.” “It should go away. If not, Robbie Elliot will play and Robbie’s been absolutely brilliant in the background here.”
“In some ways I wouldn’t be against him playing, so if I think Tim is in any doubt, he won’t play.”
“We’re calm and we’ve got momentum. There’s a good feeling at the training ground and that makes us dangerous, I think.”
There’s some of Alan Pardew’s excellent man management in action.
You usually get what you expect out of people, so if you expect them to be great and play well, more often than not, they will do just that.
We really hope that Tim is okay for Saturday, but it’s heartening that Rob Elliot has been showing up well in training.
But whoever starts in goal on Saturday, we need all 3 points, in what looks like our easiest game of the five remaining games still to be played – at least on paper
Howay The Lads!!