This Player Becoming A Real Leader At Newcastle

Steve McClaren revealed in his press conference yesterday and after the match last Sunday –  that at half time at White Hart Lane last Sunday the players were talking a lot about how they could get back into the game.

We assume Steve said that because previously that had not happened when Newcastle were losing at half time.

One of the most vocal players was goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who had made two fantastic saves from Erik Lamela to keep the score down to only 1-0, through a poorly conceded Eric Dier goal just before half time.

rob elliot save from lamela

Rob Elliot saves from Erik Lamela last Sunday

Rob has gained in confidence in the games he has played for Newcastle since Tim Krul picked up his serious ACL injury and Rob always turns up for the games and he’s played really well for us.

And but for the play of Elliot we wouldn’t have picked up four wins and 13 points in the eight games Rob has played for the Magpies since Tim was injured and out for the rest of the season.

This is what Steve McClaren said about Rob yesterday:

“Yes, he is turning into a leader, absolutely.”

“We spoke about half-times and the importance of leadership, and he was terrific. While we were tactically doing things, he was showing leadership.”

“The rest followed on from that. Despite the goal we had just conceded, he was saying ‘look, everyone is expecting us to do this, let’s not do this but do that’. And they responded.”

One of the problems with Newcastle this season has been a lack of leadership both on and off the field, so it’s good to see Rob take charge – which he does on the field too –  always talking to his defenders.

Certainly the future looks bright for Rob, who is gutting excellent press and if he can stay fit it’s almost certain he will not only be in Ireland’s squad for the Euro 2016 Championships next June, but will also start the games.

If Rob keeps improving this season, as he;s been doing,  he will give Tim Krul some serious competition when the Dutchman returns to action – hopefully in pre-season.

And that’s what we want to see – more competition in all the positions in the Newcastle team.

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5 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 19, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Canny keeper, good lad and nice to have someone a bit more vocal on the pitch! But I hope you’re not thinking captain material Ed. I just don’ t like the idea of goalies as captains. Too distant from the fray. And often have a different perspective from the rest of the team tactically.


    Dec 19, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Krul when fit walks back into the first team. Actually Krul half fit walks back into the first team

    I don’t think Elliot offers any competition for him hence Krul arguably going backwards over the past few seasons

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 19, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Elliot – My first choice as keeper – Krul has not been the same since he was injured against the Mackems.
    Elliot – not as good a shot stopper but in my eyes he commands the six yard box a lot better than Krul and his distribution is better especially his throw outs.
    Watch him have a mere today!!

  • posada

    Dec 19, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    From a previous post.
    Riviere has been fit for six weeks ?
    I think he has already gone. Club and player have probably come to a mutual agreement on his wages for now.
    Gardening Leave.

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 19, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Jinky Jimmy- Earlier – Your right that not all of the fans accepted Pardew when he went into Newcastle. Still despite the wider football view that he’s doing a good job there is still much on going criticism on here. In any event he’s much appreciated at Palace as there’s not the Cockney mafia thing.
    Pardew was aware of the American investment last January and that the finance would be going largely into ground and training development. I always thought despite fluctuating fortunes he did a good job under difficult circumstances and deserves a break with a club where he is fully appreciated.
    I was at the Spurs game on Sunday and despite terrific toon army support there was no chanting of Macca’s name – if we can win today it could well follow.
    Hope you have a great Christmas.


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