Rob Elliot joined Newcastle a couple of years ago from Charlton Athletic, and he seems to have improved a lot at Newcastle, and is now a very capable deputy for number one goalkeeper Tim Krul, and last season Rob made a number of first team appearances with Tim out injured, and played very well in those tough last few games of the season.
Rob Elliot – played well for Newcastle last season
Tim had that dislocated shoulder he picked up in the second half against Sunderland, but he has now recovered and is back between the sticks for Newcastle, although he didn’t get the call up for the Dutch side for the recent World Cup qualifying games.
Rob Elliot knows he’s currently number two but will keep fighting for his place:
“Tim’s a top keeper – he’s the number one – but I’m not here just to sit on the bench.” “I’m here to push him. That’s what I did all pre-season, and I was disappointed, to be honest with you, not to start the season.”
“I had a chat with the gaffer and he said ‘Tim is the No1, so you have to accept that’. I just said I want to keep training, keep working hard and prove that I can hopefully get into the team.”
“Obviously, Tim has been fantastic, as he usually is. All I can do is back it up when I get a chance to play, and keep doing well in training.” “We are good mates anyway, so there’s nothing nasty there.”
“Tim knows I work hard, and I want to get in the team, and he knows he has got to keep me out.” “As long as we are both putting in performances like we have been doing recently, that’s all we can do.”
If Tim gets injured we know Rob can come in and get the job done, but Tim will need to be at the top of the game this season if he is to keep his place.
Almost every time Rob plays in the first team he does very well, which was true in the Capital One Cup at Morecambe a couple of weeks ago, when the Greenwich-born player made two outstanding saves in the first half to keep Newcastle in the game.
Rob’s been an excellent acquisition from Charlton.
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