The Emergence Of An Inspirational Leader At Newcastle

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.

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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?

Comments welcome – but please be civil and courteous to other readers who may disagree with your views.

10 comments so far

  • geordieboy83

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    As good Elliott has been, I think darlow is better again. Three very good keepers plus a very good prospect. If it wasn’t Newcastle United where and imminent implosion is due, I would say the future looks half decent

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #2

    The nervousness that surfaced when villa scored shows how vulnerable the defence is still and despite looking more of a unit with Elliot behind them, they still fell apart.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Just comedy effect – in the photo he even looks like a banana skin.

  • geordieboy83

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Lindisfarne gotta agree with you there.

  • expatmag

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Elliott might well be a leader but when Krul is fit again next season, it will be interesting to see what happens.

    Personally, I think we should sell him for as much as we can get.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    We need to get Woodman’s contract sorted. He seems like he’s going to be a star. If we don’t tie him down, he’ll go to Palace to be reunited with his father.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Jeff…cry me a river will you!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8
  • Reyantoon

    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Davide Santon’s sell was due to issues with his knee.Feared that he may not give long standing service.I want him back if that is not the case though.I don’t think he’ll do much worse than Haidara and Dummett,isn’t he?

  • Mag52

    Dec 21, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Re Elliott. We’ve been lucky over the years to have had good quality in the goalkeeping position. Why shouldn’t Krul sit it out on the bench when he comes back?
    No one should have an automatic right to play every match for the first team.
    On that subject if that applied to the great ‘untouchable’ Coloccini we might have seen Dummett playing in the position where I’m sure he would feel more comfortable and perform at a higher level, that of CB.
    My final moan this morning concerns the purchasing policy of chairman Mike and his reluctance to bring in anyone over his mid 20’s. Totally barmy, and one of the reasons we will never have a solid and high performing team with him in charge.


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