Before the game last Thursday we thought that Newcastle’s third string goalkeeper, Rob Elliot, was an average goalkeeper – at best – but we’ve been proved wrong (what again?), and Rob has put in two very good performances for Newcastle, without making one mistake, and he’s still young at on;y 26, and has ample time to improve further.
Rob Elliot – in action at Old Trafford
Against Maritimo in the Europa League last week, he must have made five or six outstanding saves to keep Newcastle in the game, and last night he made saves from Anderson and Welbeck in the first half that were simply first class saves.
Of course Rob has only been given his chance because Tim Krul was injured while on Holland International duty, but the London-born goalkeeper has done what you have to do in the game of football, and that’s taken his chance with both hands.
This is what the former Charlton goalkeeper told the club’s official website today:
“It’s a completely different world.” “The players you are up against, the players you are playing with – it’s a dream come true.” “As a footballer you always want to play at the top places, and to get a chance to play at Old Trafford, I’m really pleased.”
“On a personal point of view I’m pleased that the gaffer has got the confidence in me, both in Europe and against a team like Manchester United.” “They have been two tough games, but I’m delighted to have played them both and it will be great for my career.”
“I’ve done what I can do. I’ve made my saves, kicked well and just been solid.” “It’s been tough with Tim doing so well and Harps doing well, so I haven’t had the chance to prove myself, but I want to get as many games as I can and show what I can do.”
“If the time ever comes that I’m needed in the Premier League, then great.” “Last night was bitter-sweet really.” “We were really pleased with the performance of everyone but disappointed with the way it turned out.”
“But the gaffer said he was proud of the performance from everyone.” “We had them on the ropes in the second half and it just shows what a great squad we’ve got.” “People say we’re not the biggest squad.”
“But when you look at the amount of games we’ve played in such a short space of time and the amount of players who have played, they are all top-class players.” “We were able to bring on guys like Shane Ferguson – a full international – so that shows the strength in depth.”
Top clubs must have three goalkeepers who are good enough to play in the first team, and at Newcastle, we seem to already have those goalkeepers in place in Tim Krul, Steve Harper and Rob Elliot, with young Jak Alnwick coming through the ranks.
Newcastle are strong in the position of goalkeeper, with Tim Krul the Dutch number one close to world class, but he will now know he must keep his performances at the very highest level when he returns, to continue as the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
The competition for the goalkeeper spot at Newcastle will only be good for the club.
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