28 year-old Rob Elliot made noises in the summer that he wanted to be the Newcastle number one goalkeeper, and in fact Rob got a lot of playing time for Newcastle in pre-season.
Rob Elliot – wants to be Newcastle number one
But this season, Tim Krul has played every minute of every game so far, and seems more entrenched than ever as the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
This is what the Newcastle number two has said:
“My previous competitive game was with Ireland in May,” said Elliot. “It’s been really tough, I’ve been a bit frustrated, I’ve wanted to play – I don’t want to get the tag of just being a number two keeper.”
“I believe I can play in the Premier League and I want to try and push Tim Krul as much as I can.” “I’ve spoken to Alan Pardew about that, and he knows and he’s fine about that – I’ve got a good relationship with him .”
“But it’s just a case of waiting for my opportunity. Last year was a bit frustrating because I only got a few games.”
“It does cross your mind to leave for first team football” “You get times when you think, ‘Right, I need to play’ and that’s the thing, the big thing for me.”
“I love the Newcastle club – anyone who has been there knows what an amazing city it is, how fantastic the fans are – but I want to play football.”
“I hope it is at Newcastle, but if it’s not, it’s not. I think after this season, depending on how many games I get, I’ll have to look at it and see what happens.”
We always thought that Steve Harper could have had a much better career, if he had left Newcastle and signed on at another Premier League club, rather than always being second string to Shay Given.
And Rob has been working with former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given with the Ireland squad, and apparently he has told Rob about Harper’s situation and that Steve could even have been an England International, if he had left Newcastle for first team football.
There’s nothing wrong at all with Rob having ambition and wanting to pay first team football – in fact we hope that some of that ambition rubs off on Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
And if Rob doesn’t make a breakthrough this season he could leave Newcastle next summer and then we should see Karl Darlow come into the first team squad, and challenge Tim Krul next season for the goalkeeper jersey at Newcastle.
Rob Elliot has played 22 times for Newcastle since he signed on three years ago from Charlton, and he has played very well when in the Newcastle first team, and he has improved so much as a goalkeeper in his time at Newcastle.
Maybe Rob is also looking ahead to next summer, and realizing there will be even more competition at Newcastle with Karl coming on board?
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