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Rob Elliot Brilliant In Training – To Make Premier League Debut

10:22 am, Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Tim Krul will not play against Southampton tomorrow, and Rob Elliot will get a big chance in the Newcastle first team, and he will make his Premier League debut tomorrow afternoon at St. James’ Park.

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Rob Elliot – will start in goal tomorrow

And we’re sure Rob will be a great welcome from the Newcastle fans, because Tim could be out for 7 games and it’s important that Rob play well while he’s in the nets for Newcastle.

Rob Elliot was signed from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011 for a small fee, and he has so far made six senior appearances for the club, but he has looked very good this season when he’s played in Europe.

Alan Pardew seems to have complete faith in the 26 year-old goalkeeper, and he had this to say today in the Shields Gazette:

“I’d have no qualms about playing Rob – he’s been absolutely brilliant in training.” “So I’d have no problem with that.” “I’ve got a chance to bring in four players fresh.”

“When Cheick pulled out an hour before the game with a virus and a temperature, I thought to myself ‘when am I going to get some luck in this cup?’. He didn’t feel right.”

“My luck’s changed, because Vurnon Anita was terrific. Cheick would have done well to have played as well as Vurnon did.”

It turns out that Newcastle’s other back-up goalkeeper,  Steve Harper has a niggling knee problem – so we wonder if young Jak Alnwick will be on the bench tomorrow?

Alan Pardew has done very well in his team selection on Thursday, and all the players that were drafted in on Thursday night did remarkably well – but now he can call on Cheick Tiote, Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran, Davide Santon and Steven Taylor for tomorrow’s game.

And each one of those will know there is a player breathing down their necks for the regular starting position in the team – great!

We’re still hoping we may see a surprise with Ben Arfa playing at some point tomorrow afternoon – even though Alan has said that will not happen.

We’ll see, and I could even be wrong on that – and yes – that would be a huge shock. :D

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    iv’e seen Rob in about 5-6 games and he does look impressive at times maybe he can step up his game and have 7 clean sheets maybe 8 against man city

  • 2 bills-son // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Keepers more than any other player need confidence and the crowd needs to give Elloit a huge cheer when he goes down to the Gallowgate during the warm up.

  • 3 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I’m sure he’ll do well.
    Bound to be some nerves but this is the chance he’s been waiting for.
    I hope Krul has problems getting the shirt back.

    Good luck to both of them.

  • 4 sirtoongospel // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    All the best to him. Here’s hoping he plays as we all know he can.

  • 5 Graeme // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    He will be well up for the game. He knows, the only way he can keep Krull on the sidelines is to play the game of his life, every game, for the next 6 weeks.

    Even then, Pardeaux may still drop him when Krull is fully fit, it can be very tough as a “Back-Up” player to make the breakthrough – especially when the Number 1 is as good as Krull is.

    Good luck to him, hope he plays a blinder.

  • 6 Number9 // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I dont know why everyone praises Vurnon Anita so much!.. hes an average/mediocre midfielder in my eyes. Having said that i do think he can and will improve, i mean FFS he was an Ajax product.

  • 7 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    It maybe a good idea to sign another keeper in the Summer?

  • 8 morocco0015 // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    the games he has started in the E.L. cup he has done well, eapecially away legs when we were under pressure. I’m sure the new lads in defence will boost his confidence, no worries for me.

  • 9 do the hatem shake // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    i been on this blog for 2 in half year now and i have not been logged in for 6 months some of you may remember me as pardew no 1 and its good to be back

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    In the games I have seen Elliot play I have he has looked a very good keeper.

    The one thing I do like, is the way he shouts and marshalls his defenders and lets them know he is about (hope he knows French/English). To me that is the only thing missing in Krul’s game and in the past Harper and Given.

  • 11 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    He’s a quality player Anita.

    Reads the game well, gets in the right places.
    Does his job very well.
    I’m glad we signed him he’s only going to get better and better. Class.

  • 12 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    @do the hatem shake

    Pardew was definitely a No2 while you were away … a big smelly pile of No2.

  • 13 morocco0015 // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    @ Number 9
    thats a bit harsh on Annita, he hasn’t been outstanding but mediocre?? over the holiday programme he was our best performer, ok not a big deal with the results we had but he always makes himself available, works non stop and can pick out a pass shunning hoof ball tactics. I think he is a valuable member of our squad and will improve with game time.

  • 14 ballerfan2 // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I worry about some of our “supporters”. As has been said, goalkeeper is very much about confidence and I would hate to see him getting stick if he makes any kind of mistake. We will have him between the posts for 7 games and supporters need to stick with him for that reason. the last thing we want is a nervous keeper worried about making an error and the reaction of the fans. We have seen that he is a great shot stopper so give him the support. I believe we do have another very good GK on our hands who, after a dodgy debut has shown us that he has a lot to offer.

  • 15 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Anita is a very good player, he makes the game look easy.
    He passes well and accurately, rarely makes a mistake or a mistimed tackle so you don’t tend to notice him.

    He’s doing really well in his first season. Not always something that is guaranteed. Wait until next season!

  • 16 Number9 // Feb 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    @morocco0015 I just dont get why everyone says he was doing so good like. He was a valuable cog when we needed him but lets be honest, hes never gonna beat Chieck or Cabaye for a starting spot. Probably not even next season either. The fact that he was linked with the macums before he moved to tyneside made me uneasy. In games hes not terrible but i dont think he really does much, always takes the easy pass possibly dude to a lack of confidence. I hope he gets better through time because i do want him to succeed for us.

  • 17 ballerfan2 // Feb 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Jonas b t M has it spot on. Anyone who makes the game look easy has what it takes – and we have a team full of these players just now. I can’t help but get a little excited. There are some plays we are making just now that have me drooling. Although not at 100% efficiency yet, when there is a full understanding between our players the future looks very bright IMO.

  • 18 TheToonKing // Feb 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Elliott is class, not worried at all.




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