Newcastle Likely To Sign Another Goalkeeper


With Fraser Forster having finally signed for Celtic a couple of days ago,  Newcastle are left with Tim Krul and Rob Elliot as their two goalkeepers with Jak Alnwick probably the number three goalkeeper, but the Hexham-born goalkeeper only turned 19 last month.

Rob Elliot – Newcastle’s number two goalkeeper?

Jak is highly rated at Newcastle and he has already been capped at the England U20 level, but we think Alan Pardew will want to bring in another goalkeeper this summer, to give both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot some competition between the posts.

Yes, we have Steve Harper, and if Steve stays on Tyneside this season, we’ll not need another goalkeeper.

But we’re almost certain that Steve will be sent out on a season-long loan deal, to see out the last year of his contract, and complete 20 years on Newcastle’s books, since Kevin Keegan signed him back in 1993 from Seaham Red Star.

Rob Elliot has said today that he aims to be giving Tim Krul some competition in the coming season, and says he is no longer content to just sit on the bench.

This is what the former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper had to say today to the local press:

“When I first signed, I was a squad keeper, but hopefully now I can keep myself at number two and keep pushing Tim.” “The more games you play, the more competitions there are, the greater chance you have of playing.”

“Obviously, the plan is to eventually be number one and play every week, but you have to take every opportunity to play well and leave a good mark in the manager’s head, so that if he comes to make a decision on a keeper, I’m the one he wants if needed.”

“If you perform well, you stay in the team, if you don’t, you won’t.”  “With the squad we have, there’s strength in every position. That’s what you need, you need people to play well for their place or else you’ll get stuck in a rut and that leads to poor performances.”

“Whoever plays on the first game of the season will deserve it, but they have to play well to stay there. If you know you’re playing to stay in the team, your performances raise.”   “When you put the Europa League in there it changes your targets.”

“We have to keep improving. With the young squad we have, every season is a progression. A top-half finish and doing well in one of the cups is all you can ask for really.”  “It’s hard to put a label on it because we did so well last year.”

“If we don’t finish fifth but still finish in the top half it doesn’t mean we’ve had a bad year, because we’ve got an extra competition. It’s new to a lot of us, European football.”

Rob is right about the fact that Alan Pardew will keep players in the team if they play well, and we saw that with players like James Perch and Danny Guthrie last season, but it still wasn’t enough first team games for Guthrie, who moved to Reading recently.

Rob Elliot started his career with non-league side Erith Town before moving to Charlton Athletic, the team he had supported as a child, when he was just 17 back in early 2004.

And he played out on loan at Bishop’s Stortford, Notts County, and Accrington Stanley twice, to get some first team playing time, while he was at Charlton.

The 26 year-old 6’3″ goalkeeper has just one appearance for the Newcastle first team in the Carling Cup last year at Nottingham Forest in our 4-3 win (after extra time), and he played around 112 times for the Charlton first team, and about another 40 times out on loan.

We think Newcastle will bring in another keeper this summer, and he will challenge Rob Elliott, to determine who the back-up will be to Tim Krul next season.

Any idea who that goalkeeper could be?

Comments welcome.



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32 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    maybe an older more experienced keeper

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    this is the their article in a row that i’ve commented first , that must be some kind of record?

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    third*

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  • Grafton83

    Jul 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Rob will probably get a run out in the League Cup and possibly the first few rounds of FA cup, that should keep him happy

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Shay Given on a free?

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  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Jul 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Id keep harps as the no 3 and loan alwick out for the season.another young un for the devolepment squad prob gonna come in

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Jul 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    guess we won’t sign a keeper

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  • magpiemover

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    edd u got a problem with your site mate could not get on all day yesterday , can only get on though yahoo , when i try on google it says site been hacked , u need to sort it out , cheers

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    @Magpiemover.

    Theres a paragraph on one of the other articles saying he’s sorted it.

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  • magpiemover

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope we just keep Harper at the club; he is a great keeper to have around and we need backup for Krul.

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  • magpiemover

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12

    pieceofpapiss
    was still comeing up this morning , i carnt get on at all on my mobile phone

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  • magpiemover

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    ive just tried , i am on my lap top now

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  • nobby sol

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    not a priority at all this window

    even if harper goes to brum as rumours are suggesting we have krul elliot and alnwick, we are fine,

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Whenever i look at Rob elliott, the first image that comes to my mind is the juggler in the circus.

    I apologise but that is the case

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Note on Malware problem:

    I removed one bit of code last night that was causing the malware problem, but when I got up this morning (2:30 am US eastern time) it was still not OK – and after trawling through the site I found the other piece of bad code and have removed it, and requested GOOGLE to retest the site – and I am hopeful we’ll be clean after that test. I am aware of the problem and am working like crazy to fix it.

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  • magpiemover

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    pieceofpapiss nice 1 mate cheers

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Another brilliant insight from Indian there. What soes that have to do with anything?

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    @magpiemover

    Nee Bosh!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    It looks like de Jong just wanted CL football; wonder where he’ll go next season when Gladbach is no longer playing CL.

    Glad we didn’t go for him in the end – or what ever the truth is 😉

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  • Colo2

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Hoping this is the lull before the storm in transfers. It’s all gone rather quiet

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Markaccus – you spotted it!! Epic fail! Although I do wish I’d called them Monstermunchbag instead…would’ve been much better! Lol

    On Clyne, I would love to have him on the toon and at 3mil would be a great purchase. My mate is a huge Blackburn fan (shame!) and has something to do with their supporters club – he insists to me that we are still in for Hoillett and this 50k wage demands are nothing more than paper talk. He is saying that clubs are possibly discussing a lower base wage with add on incentives. 35k + bonuses?!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #23

    We are no better than our weakest link; if rul gets injured I think it is fair to say we are in trouble as it is (unless Harper stays)

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #24

    * rul = Krul 😉

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #25

    Monstermunchbag. Yeah that would have been good. Looks they won’t get him after all.

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  • sweendog

    Jul 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #26

    ED .. there is still a problem with the site .. its related to phishing code I reckon that is targeting Firefox .. look for any browser specific code on your site.

    By the way keep up the good work with the site.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #27

    Ever since Ed made and update it has not been the same 🙁 they site looks very different on both smartphone and tablet though it loos just fine and laptop.

    Thank god I don’t have any malware related problems 🙂

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  • NUFC_Neal

    Jul 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #28

    @Pieceofpappis – agree, Indian is a tool. Oh and a Shoala Hater too – the striker that strikes fear in the hearts of the great unwashed 🙂

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  • lpt

    Jul 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Ross Turnbull from Chelsea local lad would be good back up for Tim Krul, better than Elliott I feel

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  • Batfastard

    Jul 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Well xisco could be a good choice in goal or ball boy!

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  • davis_toons

    Jul 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #31

    …I think the problem with keeping Harper at the club, could be his wages.

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  • davis_toons

    Jul 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #32

    By next season Xisco will be off the Bills..there can only be better or at less younger players coming in..

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