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.
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.
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