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This Is A Player Newcastle Should Have Signed Yesterday

7:07 am, Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Tim Krul was injured in October playing for the Netherlands and is out for the rest of the season and now we have Rob Elliot playing extremely well for Newcastle in goal, and Rob is in line to be a contender for Player of the Season if he can keep playing like he’s done these last few months.

But Rob also has a dodgy thigh – and we wonder what Newcastle’s plan is if Rob is injured after the January transfer window closes?

steve harper

Steve Harper – Sunderland goalkeeper

We will then have Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman available for the rest of the season and between them they have only one Premier League appearance.,

That was when Karl came in for the Premier League debut against West Brom and was at fault for their second half goal that gave the Baggies all three points.

There have been rumors we ware after Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes – but nothing has materialized.

Over the last two months we have suggested that signing Steve Harper though the end of the season would be a good move because he would be able to come in and use his huge experience to do a job for the club – if necessary.

But that’s not going to happen as Sam Allardyce surprisingly signed Steve up yesterday for Sunderland on a short-term deal through the end of the season to bolster the goalkeeping ranks at the Back Cats after Costel Pantilimon’s departure to Watford earlier this week.

The 40-year-old wants to have a future career in coaching and this could be a good move for him.

Harper has been working at the Middlesbrough’s Academy and has also been doing regular work as a radio pundit.

Steve will provide back up to first choice keeper Vito Mannone and help mentor promising young Eng;land U21 goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Notice if he had signed for Newcastle we could have said it was to provide back up to current first choice keeper Rob Elliot and help mentor promising young goalkeepers Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman.

The signing of Steve provided a shock to Newcastle fans after Steve has been at Newcastle for 20 years.

This is what Sam Allardyce said about the signing yesterday:

“Steve will be a positive addition to our goalkeeping stable.” “He has vast experience at the top level and that can only be beneficial to Vito and Jordan as they continue to develop.”

We’ve never been too impressed with the way Newcastle have been run over the last several years and the thing that scares us most is the powers that be never seem to think things through fully when making decisions.

It would be a good question to ask Steve McClaren what he would do is Rob Elliot is injured – but the reply will be to rely on Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman.

That’s our point – it will be a huge risk if Rob does become injured and would be another case of poor planning and poor management from those running Newcastle United – that’s why we have been in trouble most of the last three years or so.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Freddie Woodman · Karl Darlow · Rob Elliot · Steve Harper · Tim Krul · Transfer News and Rumours

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 archaeomag // Jan 23, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    … along with Charlie Austin..

  • 2 juan // Jan 23, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    He will help take them down. To old and not good anymore

  • 3 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 23, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Harper a mackem?? Noooooo

  • 4 jazzyp // Jan 23, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Good luck to lad. 20 years of loyal service and people having a go at him…. Hahaha give your head a shake.
    Colback anyone !!

  • 5 Munster Mag // Jan 23, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Stevie a mackem? Is nothing sacred? How stupid of nufc. My take on steves comments about relegation is that he is putting pressure on ashley and charnley publicly to deliver funding and players. He also must know, logically, that many of our players are mentally weak and liable to drag others down in ” the group”.

  • 6 Munster Mag // Jan 23, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Toastie i think saivet will be fine from what i have seen of him. At least gouffy will give us pace but he hasnt been a good signing. Hopefully steve doesnt stick wini there instead.

  • 7 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 23, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    Munster, my take on it is that he’s running up the white flag now so there’s not as much of a backlash if it happens. There’ll be the trademark smirk and “well I warned you” as we sink without a whimper.

  • 8 dannitoon // Jan 23, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Our bench warmer is good enough.. the young lad deserves his chance

  • 9 goalseeker // Jan 23, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    All I want to say is good luck to Stevie Harper he was a loyal servant of the Toon for 20 years and never let us down. He deserves the chance to extend his career and sharpen his coaching skills. N/cle as normal missed the boat with him he is still a good back up goalkeeper and would have a valuable positive impact in the dressing room. He could have developed his coaching skills but as normal the board cannot see past their noses and he would have no sell on value.
    Thanks Steve.

  • 10 stretchintoon // Jan 23, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    well said jazzy p

  • 11 beefman13 // Jan 23, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    I won’t lie, Harper going to them did bring a little sick to my mouth,yuk.

  • 12 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 23, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Good luck to Steve. Always seems like a good guy and it gives him a chance of experiencing another north east club.

  • 13 Sav // Jan 23, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Great lad. Newcastle should have snapped up Steve to work with the coaching team. Good luck to him at the Mackems.

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