Rob Elliot is out injured until at least early January, although it would be good news if his thigh injury is not as bad as first thought, and that the 28 year-old could return towards the end of this month – during the heavy December schedule of games.
Rob Elliot – ouch – feels his thigh as he walks off at half time
Rob has been interviewed a few times since the Chelsea win, and this is some of what he said:
“We still have some fantastic players to come back. Tim is out at the moment, Siem de Jong too.” “There’s no reason why we can’t kick on and try to get ourselves further up the table.”
“This season is a great test for us. There are a lot of players untested at this level but we have new signings and experience.”
One of the exciting things that has happened this season is that we have had to rely on a number of our younger players – like Rolando Aarons, Sammy Ameobi, Mehdi Abeid, Ayoze Perez, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Adam Armstrong – and on Saturday – Jak Alnwick.
In every single case they have played well when representing Newcastle in the first team.
That’s got to be good for Newcastle United that players have stepped up to the plate in Newcastle’s time of need, which our youngsters famously didn’t do two years ago when we had lots of extra fixtures due to the Europa League.
Newcastle look like they are starting to do something right at the Youth level to bring players through the ranks – and that’s great to see – and it’s one way we can build a very good squad at the club – much like Southampton have done.
We have to hope these lads continue to produce at the highest level throughout this season, and if the youngsters can do that – it’s a good question as to where we can finish up in the Premier League.
Maybe in the top six?
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