We’re sure Newcastle are looking at the market for goalkeepers in the January transfer window and by then we should have a good idea if we need to bring in a new goalkeeper or whether Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow can get the job done for the club in Tim Krul’s absence.
The main thing is whether over a prolonged spell in the first team Rob Elliot can stay fit and he hasn’t been able to do that since he joined Newcastle.
Rob Elliot – could depend on him staying fit
Rob now has a thigh injury which seems to have weakened because he’s played with it being injured too many times in the past.
We are hoping that the two week International break when he’s stayed in Newcastle will have helped to heal the thigh and that he will be fitter than he was when he started our last game at Bournemouth.
Tim Krul is out for the season with a really severe ACL knee injury and we’d be happy if Tim can be fit to start pre-season – the injury looks that bad.
Steve McClaren has also made it clear that he doesn’t think young Freddie Woodman is yet ready for the first team and the head coach would like nothing better than to send Freddie back to Crawley Town or some other club on loan for the rest of the season.
If Rob Elliot can stay fit the other way Newcastle could be looking for another goalkeeper in January is if Rob doesn’t play well – but his history at Newcastle is that he has played very well for the side when he’s been called on.
That’s also been true in the three games he has played so far for Newcastle and he had a fantastic game last time out.
So it seems that it could depend an awful lot on whether Rob stays fit that will decide if another goalkeeper will come in during January.
Then who we would bring in is another question – but two goalkeepers we have been linked with is former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, now at Manchester United and PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
Either of these goalkeepers could be good signings for us on loan – and they could come in and both are experienced and played for top clubs in the Champions League – and this seems the type of goalkeeper to bring in if they are going to start for Newcastle.
And both goalkeepers have something big to prove and would love to play long term in the Premier League.
Reports that we may try to sign long-term target Jeroen Zoet of PSV Eindhoven are less likely, if only because why would PSG let their number one goalkeeper leave in January – half way through the season?
So we’ll have to wait and see how Rob Elliot performs over the next seven games before the end of the year – but the main thing is whether he can stay fit by then.
What do you think?