Rob Elliot has played nine games for Newcastle since coming in for the injured Tim Krul and you can see how much his confidence has grown over that time.
And when you think he started the season as 3rd choice goalkeeper behind Tim Krul and Karl Darlow he’s had a remarkable season so far.
Rob had another very good game for us yesterday and made one terrific save near the end of the match from the impressive Rudy Gestede that could have saved us from an embarrassing defeat.
Rob Elliot – brilliant late save from Rudy Gestede
Rob is our Man of the Match for the second week running with 22 % of the vote following his great performance last week at White Hart lane when his two terrific saves kept the score down to 1-0 at half time and was a foundation for Newcastle to come back and win the game 2-1.
While we were 1-0 up yesterday with a goal from Coloccini in atrocious conditions, Aston Villa came back at us in the second half and we also missed at least three golden opportunities to score in the second half.
When that happens it’s difficult to win the game.
But Rob Elliot is showing himself to be a Premier League goalkeeper and he’s been in great form for us so far and he’s also shown leadership both on and off the field.
Long may it continue.
The next two players in the voting are very close with 15% of the vote – Vurnon Anita and Chancel Mbemba.
Vurnon Anita has been playing well for us this season without much fanfare and it seems that Steve McClaren is able to get the best out of the Dutch International and he’s an unsung hero at Newcastle.
Another energetic performance from the holding midfielder epitomized Newcastle’s play as he ran his socks off for the side – and it’s another well done to Vurnon – and keep it up.
Chancel Mbemba is one of two excellent signings we made in the summer – with Georgino Wijnaldum being the other one and both start every game for the Magpies.
Chancel has played in every single Premier League game this season and he has settled at Newcastle extremely quickly.
Yesterday he put in another strong performance at the back alongside Fabricio Coloccini who was also good yesterday (in 4th place in the voting).
Chancel looks to be an excellent signing for Newcastle and the former Anderlecht player can be in central defense for years to come.
What do you think?