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 – 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.
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.