Rob Elliot has played nine games for Newcastle since Tim Krul was injured and out for the season – and we have four wins and two draws and 14 points from those games – and that’s not a bad return and certainly a lot better than the 3 points we picked up in the first eight games of the season.
And in three of the last nine games – against Bournemouth, Tottenham and Aston Villa – Rob has been our Man of the Match and he’s played very well for Newcastle and not only that – but he’s becoming a leader both on and off the field as his confidence grows.
Rob Elliot makes great save late in Saturday’s game to preserve the point
Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, the former Liverpool defender and now pundit Phil Thompson has gone even further than that and said that Rob has been inspirational for the Newcastle side this season.
This is what Phil has said on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday:
“His form has been absolutely terrific.” “Tim Krul must be looking and thinking ‘oh my goodness’. He knows what he’s doing; he’s been an absolute inspiration.”
“If you’ve got someone like that behind you, you think to yourself ‘we’ve got a chance now’.”
The national press may be surprised at the way Rob has performed, but when you look at the games in the Newcastle first team Rob has played for us since he arrived in the summer of 2011 from Charlton – he’s never let the side down and had some great games for Newcastle.
Before this season Rob had played 27 times for the Newcastle first team over four seasons.
When we were beaten 4-0 at Southampton back on March 29th, 2014 Rob Elliot was again our Man of the Match and but for Rob we could easily have been six down at half time rather than only 2-0 down – Rob had made so many great saves.
He was the only defender who was awake in that first half.
We never thought we needed a new goalkeeper in January – only if Rob gets injured.
That’s because then we would have Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman – who haven’t played one Premier League between them – and are therefore both untested at the highest level.
Rob has played great so far this season and with his form and excellent temperament and attitude – he probably deserves a new deal on Tyneside.
It gets even better when you consider Rob started the season one step down from last season as third choice goalkeeper.
It’s a great story for Newcastle and Elliot so far this season.
What do you think?
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