What’s Newcastle’s Plan In Case Rob Elliot Is Injured?


We keep wondering what Newcastle´s plan is in case the impressive Rob Elliot is injured?

Ir seems a reasonable question – if we don´t bring in cover at goalkeeper does that mean we will rely on the untested Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman?

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Rob Elliot – he’s been great for us this season
What happens if he gets injured?


We had thought at one time  we could have signed Steve Harper to a six month deal if Rob became injured, but that’s no longer possible after he signed on at Sunderland last week.

Newcastle must have a plan for what to do if Rob is injured and not (pretend to) be surprised and curse our bad luck if that happens – the powers that be have had plenty of warning.

It’s called planning for things that may happen – which Newcastle are not very good at.

And you don’t plan things assuming everything will be OK, as Newcastle often seem to do and that get into deep trouble.

You plan for certain events possibly happening so you can react (and know what to do) when and if they do happen.

If there’s one thing that could really hurt us in our run-in it’s having Rob injured and we all know he still had that dodgy thigh.

He’s been a standout for us so far this season since Tim Krul was injured playing for the Netherlands last October.

So you would expect Newcastle to have a plan in case he does get injured.

And since we don´t seem to be wanting to strengthen our defense in this window – we have the third worst defense in the Premier League –  then we have to assume those running the club think our defense is good enough for the all important run-in.

There are five days left in the window so still time for new arrivals.

Comments welcome.



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155 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Queue interest in a Goal Keeper next story……

    If we throw money at a GK or another midfielder prior to getting in a CB,LB and CF i’m done!

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #2

    What must happen on goalkeeping front is not include Krul in 25 registrations up to end of season as he won’t be fit. Bring in emergency loan cover recognised quality e.g Rob Green

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #3

    This is getting stupid. We have at least four goal keepers on our books. Krul, Elliot, Darlow, Woodman. We don’t need more. We NEED to address our staggering injury problems that have haunted us for as long as I can remember.

    On another note Cahill says he wants to leave Chelski. His wges will be big but he’s one the best CBs in the league. Worth a cheeky loan move to get him ready for Euros? YES PLEASE.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Toon_Tom Sorry mate but despite all the spending it’s all going to end in tears. They are just not interested in strengthening those positions .

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #5

    SS go for that. Take him & Remy off Chelski’s wage bill that frees up some cash for their Pato or whoever striker chase.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Darlow has played nigh on 100 games in the Championship. Untested? Who is realistically going to join and be third/fourth choice in less than 6 months? Alnwick had never played a match in the top 4 flights when he started for us, totally different situation.

    I hope they don’t waste their time on looking for a keeper, what sort of message does that send to Darlow in the first place? How will he get Prem experience if we keep bringing someone in to replace him every time he is in line to get a chance.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    WLG – i have to agree, sadly…

    with Saylor coming back to fitness who needs a new CB, right 😉

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8

    ED can your next post please be : What’s Newcastle’s Plan In Case Dummett & Janmaat are Injured/Suspended?
    Is it Plan Z???

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9

    West lancs

    In a nutshell yes, Gomis is rubish, he makes Shola look prolific. Remy isn’t the player we had 2years ago, he’s unfit and has bedn a rarely used sub over the last 2 years.

    Both sort of proven but IMO not what we need ATM.

    I’d rather a young hungry ambitious untested player over a journeyman any day of the week, twice on sat and three times in a Sunday.

    If the player has enough quality premier league expirience isn’t vital.

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed, I’m afraid this one is pretty far off the mark. We have two promising youngsters, as LG said, one who has extensive experience in the Championship. It would not be prudent to have more than that considering our first choice got a season-ending injury and our backup (Elliot) is playing very well. IF it happens that he gets injured, then it’ll be exciting to see which of the two high potential youngsters gets called up and how they play.

    Where’s a story that asks about priorities for signings? A poll for what should Newcastle’s final signing of the window be would be interesting to see if fans want a CF, LB or CB as our top priority. Just my two cents.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon_Tom Saylor will be back in the Treatment Room well before Easter you watch. I used to like Steven Taylor . In season’s past went to more away games than Home at Wigan,Bolton Blackburn, Burnley Blackpool etc & he was always first to lead the team over to us at the end Win Draw or Lose but sadly always injured now & needs offloading.
    This constant injury crisis is a real worry that they don’t seem to be able to address

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    it must be very embarrassing for charnley if ash has to get involved

    I wonder whether instead of buying another striker we will alternate between mitro and perez.
    perez is obviously going to have to make way for Townsend and if we have pace coming from sissoko and townsend does Mitro have the pace to keep up and fitness to get himself in the box

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #13

    OP We need somone who can hit the ground running . Personally I wouldn’t say no to Peter Crouch. At least if he got the service that Mitro has had recently he would have been deadly in six yard box. We just need a predator. All the points the Mackems are picking up seem to down to Defoe oh and that fullback we rejected Van Aanolt

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    RH

    I think that transitions Mitro’s job into receiving the ball and playing them in behind rather than being ahead of them to finish off a move they create. He will then be a late box arrival for them to cut back to with Gini likely to be well past him by then. I look forward to seeing how it all works together.

    Mitro’s hold up play is excellent although I wish his attitude when he doesn’t get a call or loses the ball wasn’t so pathetic. That side of professional footballers needs to be stamped out of the game, it’s a pet peeve of mine and just has no place. Why should grown men act like small children when they don’t get a foul or when they lose the ball? Get back and get stuck in, quit crying to the ref or the fans with your hands in the air. /rant off

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  • manxpie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Op he’s scored more than mitro this season tho lol
    we need a striker with pace who runs in behind ala vardy how many has he scoredthis season with basic punts over the top?

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  • firebug666

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda

    Charnley will have been standing around wringing his hands over the transfers, someone had to step in and that was always Ashley, the man who said he was having no involvement in the running and that everything would be up to the board. Err that’s as long as they do what he says!

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Super

    Great shout and I’d love Cahill here but I think he’s out of our reach.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    So will this Townsend deal be good value pound for pound, you know like Cabella, and Thauvin?

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  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #19

    C’mon Ed, there’s no problem.
    It’s all in hand, Charnley’s got all bases covered.

    He’ll be on the case knowing we’ve still got a few days to get Harps in for six months.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #20

    id see if J.Hernandez (little chickpea) is available – he knows where the goal is!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #21

    lesh – Harper is a mackem!!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    West/Manx

    I don’t disagree with the type of player we need I just don’t think those 2 fit the bill. With the adition of Townsend the play will be more balanced, with more of a attacking threat it should give Mitro a bit more room and space.

    Tbh I think once Mitro buries a chance or 2 he’ll start banging them in for fun, IMO we need a player to compliment him not replace him.

    I’ve watched Lacazzete a bit since we were linked to him and what I like most is his ball retention and ability to beat people and bring others into the game.
    Out of all we’ve been linked with I think he suits our needs the best.

    At the same time who do we drop to accommodate the new striker?
    As I’ve said it wouldn’t be Mitro, the difference his hold up play had brought to our side shouldn’t be underestimated.

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Firebug I’ll tell you right now that Townsend is the best winger we’ve had at the club in a long time

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  • RolandoOverhead

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    A Remy and Cahill double signing from Chelski would be fantastic. Anyone think there”s any chance?

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #25

    No chance on Cahill too much wages

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26

    OP – if we were to bring in Lacazette, to play alongside Mitro then Gini would have to give up his new free roamin no10 role and sit a bit deeper, with shelvey sitting even more deeper effectively converting back to a 4-4-2 with Sissoko, Shelvey, Gini, Townsend in the MF with Lacazette and Mitro up top

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  • jimiley

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #27

    A lot of panic buys it seems to me. Players costing a lot who are in fact squad players for Swansea and Spurs. Even Lacazette has flopped this year and we were prepared to break the club record to get him. Remind anybody of the Thauvin situation? Still we deserve all we get. At least we have the A team to back the whole mess up. A top manager, a top scout, a top Director of football and at the top of the pile a fantastic owner. What can possibly go wrong??????

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  • manxpie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Op oh i weren’t saying i wanted him just found it funny
    mitro will come good but just shows how much this club gambles banking on a 21 y/o to score the goals to compete in this league is bonkers let alone to keep us in the league

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  • firebug666

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #29

    The Newcastle Armchair

    In your opinion mate, but the question was does he represent good value pound for pound? guess we shall have to wait and see.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #30

    6-0 for the friendly apparently….

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  • firebug666

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Andros Townsend has completed a medical at Newcastle ahead of his £12m move from Tottenham, Sky sources understand.

    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11678/10145700/andros-townsend-completes-newcastle-medical-ahead-of-16312m-move-from-tottenham?

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  • kakaobi

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Beaten 6-0 ffs doesn’t really sound good

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  • manxpie

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Seen before we actually have the 2 most expensive signings in the whole of Europe! !
    If we don’t stay up there will be huge records broken at least

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  • reilly

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #34

    beat 6 nil off the scum.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #35

    David Coverdale ?@dpcoverdale 23m23 minutes ago
    Duncan Watmore scores hat-trick as #safc thrash #nufc in derby ‘friendly’ –

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  • firebug666

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #36

    So anyway, at least the fitness and moral of the team should be better after the behind closed doors affair……..Oh wait!

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #37

    firebug666

    Pound for pound is an interesting question. It assumes we are willing to spend some total amount, but I think we might instead want to look at it as the club is only interested in purchasing a single player for each position – i.e. we would spend more on Townsend than Phillips, although we would only buy one in either case. This makes you wonder is the cost more important or is the direct comparison of the players more important? I think we’re probably more likely to end up in the one player purchased/position side and so I don’t care too much about their price and care more about the quality we get.

    I think Townsend will certainly be better than Thauvin as I would imagine most everyone on here would expect that too. He may be a little less consistent tactically (e.g. shoots too much, difficult to get onboard with team-wide tactics) but he will certainly be faster and more suited for the Prem. I also think the fact that he is English is a rather nice bonus since it means we can get rid of some of our squad players that only exist for us to maintain the HG quota. I don’t see any situation where Thauvin is clearly more useful.

    Anyway, I wonder what you think about pound for pound and if there is a better way to assess our incomings.

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #38

    who knows what players were put in for both teams?

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #39

    any1 know who played in the derby

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 27, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #40

    All I can see is that Steven Taylor, Yoan Gouffran, Jamaal Lascelles, Sylvain Marveaux and Karl Darlow played. Seems Marv may have come off injured.

    Wonder how impressed Townsend is with that?

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