It’s Not Good News On Tim Krul And Rob Elliot

Alan Pardew has surprisingly said today that he doesn’t expect Tim Krul or Rob Elliot back until mid-January and that’s at the earliest – so that’s not good news to be without your top two experienced goalkeepers for more than six weeks during the heaviest period of fixtures in the Premier League.

jak alnwick - cazorla scores penalty

Santi Cazorla scores late penalty to make it 4-1

It also seems that both goalkeepers picked up injuries in training, certainly Tim Krul did his ankle in during a training period before the game at West Ham, so he was injured around Thursday November 27th.

Alan Pardew announced Tim  had picked up a knock during the press conference for the West Ham game.

And Pardew has since said that Rob had been carrying a thigh injury for a few games before it went against Chelsea, and this is an update the Newcastle boss has given:

“I don’t think that they will be back until mid-January, it is a long wait.”

“I can probably look at one goal as Jak maybe at fault.” “The second, he might have wanted to stay in his goal a bit longer without coming out, other than that I thought he was pretty sound.”

“I can’t lay any blame at his door for this result and he goes to the next game.” “This is a guy who’s got in a short period of time an opportunity to make a big name for himself, he’s the sort of guy you would want to do it.”

“Jak has to prove he’s a goalie, and a top goalie.”

We certainly want Jak to be able to prove he’s a top goalkeeper too, but it’s still a big ask for somebody so inexperienced.

Here is the schedule of games coming up, so there are some big games in there, and saying Tim and Rob will not be back until mid-January at the earliest means probably into February.

Wed 17	19:45	A	Tottenham  Capital One Cup	
Sun 21	13:30	H	Sunderland		
Fri 26	15:00	A	Man Utd			
Sun 28	16:15	H	Everton			
Thu 01	15:00	H	Burnley	
Sat 05      15:00       A      Leicester  FA Cup * 			
Sat 10	15:00	A	Chelsea				
Sat 17	17:30	H	Southampton			
Sat 31	12:45	A	Hull City				
Sat 07	15:00	H	Stoke City	

* The date and kick-off time of this game may be rearranged.

If we are successful at Leicester City in the FA Cup 3rd round, there will also be a 4th round game at the end of January.

There are a lot of difficult games in that schedule for Newcastle, and we are just hoping that Jak can get the job done for Newcastle.

What do you think?

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4 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 15, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Is there anyone here apart from me who would take Rodgers as manager if Liverpool cuts him lose as long as he has 20% say which players to buy

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I get what you are saying, Tiote has been poor since returning from injury, but he has also been out for a while, and I doubt he is fully up to speed yet. Also, they were lumbered with Goofy/Sammi as the third midfielder for large parts of the game against a very mobile and talented Arsenal midfield.

    Rogers? Not overly keen on him. He gets his sides passing the ball nicely, but I’m still waiting to see evidence of an ability to have a plan B, or to change things when they aren’t going well. All his struggles are because he doesn’t know any other way to play. Sinclair did the job for him at Swansea, Suarez last season. Now he needs to change tack and he doesn’t seem like he knows what to do.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3


    I don’t think were the club for rogers or a pochitino look at the clubs both of them have come from
    both have a style of play coaches already there, would monk at Swansea be any good at another clubs
    koemen at Southampton I think a big part of the success of these managers is the way the clubs are run,

    both rogers and pochitino are struggling, rogers a year later with sales and injuries not helping but given he was like a kid in a candy store buying players you would think he would have a plan b without certain players
    baloteli makes me laugh each time see him why would u buy him

  • arpeco19

    Dec 15, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Why haven’t we tried to attempt a free signing. Namely Victor Valdes, who is training with Man Utd to get his fitness and trying to earn a contract with them. it’s simple isn’t it? We need a keeper, we can offer him first team football, he’d give experience to the back four, plus he wants first team football…..


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