Steve McClaren has said in his press conference today that Newcastle will review their goalkeeping position in January and if necessary will bring in another goalkeeper at that time.
It will depend on how Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow perform before then, but the loss of Tim could be huge for Newcastle as McClaren has said today he gets Newcastle 18 to 20 points a season.
Rob Elliot – in goal against Norwich City
It seems like Steve McClaren is still recovering from the shock of losing his number one goalkeeper last Saturday night when Tim was in goal for the Netherlands in Kazakhstan.
This is some of what Steve has said in his press conference today:
“Tim was vital, very important. He will get us 18 to 20 points a season. To lose that is devastating. I think the shock of getting injured is starting to show.”
“We wish him well and we will look after him.” “In the mean time it is for Rob to fill his boots and step up and perform.” “We could have sent Karl away on loan but we like him and kept him here.”
“I certainly think by January we will know but that’s something we were planning behind-the-scenes anyway. January is now an important window”.
“There’s a lot of work in the background. In one respect, we’re working towards that, but we need to win football matches in the meantime.”
The other news is that McClaren has no intention of recalling 18 year-old Adam Armstrong from his loan spell at Coventry City and that’s understandable.
Much better for Adam to have a full season out on loan and score those goals in League One and build his confidence up.
Then he can return in pre-season next July and challenge for a first team place and hopefully we will still be in the Premier League at that time.
We do expect Newcastle to bring in another striker in January to bolster our goalscoring capabilities and with only six goals scored in eight league games we need more players who can score goals for us.