This Player Very Important To Newcastle

At his press conference yesterday Steve McClaren once again talked about the loss of Tim Krul to Newcastle, but that’s happened now and we cannot do anything about it, although Steve did say Tim was feeling a bit low this past week.

That’s not surprising.

tim krul acl knee injury

Tim Krul – he knew it was serious

This is some of what Steve said yesterday during his press conference in the afternoon:

“It is time for Rob Elliot to step forward and fill Tim’s boots”

“He has to step up and perform. Rob is in as good-a-condition as you can be without actually playing.”   “He missed pre-season through injury but has trained the last few weeks.”

“There was the possibility of Rob going out on loan but I said to keep him here because we like him.” “He’s very good in training and now he has to produce in games.”

The worry with Elliot is that thigh injury he made worse last season when he played  injured.

That was until he broke down just before half time in the Chelsea game 0n 6th December – which we still managed to win 2-1  after young Jak Alnwick had come in for the second half and played well.

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Rob Elliot – Newcastle number three goalkeeper

If Rob is injured than young Freddie Woodman will come in and Newcastle will qualify for getting an emergency loan signing  – until Karl Darlow or Rob are fit again.

Karl is not expected back from his foot injury for three to four weeks.

Rob becomes a very important play and depending on his form and maybe that of Karl Darlow will decide if Newcastle bring in another goalkeeper in January.

Elliot has played 28 times for Newcastle since he signed on from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011 and he has the chance to play in goal for the rest of the season for Newcastle.

So there’s some good motivation for Rob who has three full caps for the Republic of Ireland.

But there’s no doubt the loss of Tim is a big blow for us and those injuries are again starting to mount up already this season.

That’s worrying.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 16, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    At this moment in time there is little difference between any of our keepers

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    I think the very real threat of relegation last season saw Mashers look at the bigger picture of cashing in on Perez but once Steve had got us into the mid table comfort zone he promised it would have been business as usual.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 16, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3


    I read your comment yesterday about the 100-1 for NUFC to be above palace. I think that’s cracking odds, and I will have a £10 on that.

    We have seen first hand how Pardew can take his team on a run not winning games, there are 30 games left and we are only 12 points behind them.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Have you read’s stats on Rob Elliott ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 16, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope you do, good luck if that comes in !


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