We have been very surprised how well Rob Elliot has played for Newcastle his season – he’s been absolutely terrific – and not only that but he’s positive and has become a leader at Newcastle – something we are short of in the current squad.
But it just shows what can happen when a good player gets a run in the first team, as Rob has done since Tim Krul was badly injured playing for the Netherlands back in October.
At the time head coach Steve McClaren said Tim got Newcastle 20 points a season and he was therefore going to be a big loss, which just goes to show how Steve’s man-management skills are not exactly the best in the business.
Thankfully Rob wasn’t listening and he’s been one of Newcastle’s few outstanding players this season and only last Sunday his world-class save from Sunderland left back Patrick van Aanholt in the second half kept us in that game.
Rob Elliot – outstanding season for Newcastle
It was simply an unbelievable save from Rob, which hasn’t received the credit it deserves.
Rob is off on International duty with Ireland during the International break and we will be very surprised if he isn’t Ireland’s goalkeeper in the Euro 2016 finals in France in June.
Rob was asked in Dublin if he wants to finish this season on a high:
“I hope it’s an added bonus. It’s nice to be away with the lads and trying to do well this week, but just for Newcastle to stay up is obviously my short-term priority because it’s a fantastic club.“
“We should be in the Premier League and we shouldn’t be in the position we’re in.” “Anything I can do to help us stay up and maintain our Premier League status, hopefully that will help towards the summer.”
“But in the meantime, we just need to concentrate on our Premier League survival game-by-game.” “We have got eight games left and they are all massive, massive games now. That will go hand in hand, really.”
Rob Elliot traveled to Dublin with Sunderland defender John O’Shea after the Sunderland game and while they waited for their plane out of Newcastle airport John bought Rob a beer.
“I’d have bought him one if he could have let us get the winner.” “But it was nice to sit and have a beer with him at the airport because obviously it’s a massive rivalry, it’s a massive occasion.”
It was probably a fair result in the game, and it was nice just to sit and have a beer with him and have a nice chat about the events, and then get on the plane and come over here.”
This summer Rob and John O’Shea will be team mates and Ireland could do well with former Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill now the National manager and having success in the job.
Yes – if Newcastle can stay in the Premier League and Rob can play in the Euro 2016 finals this summer – the Newcastle goalkeeper will be a happy man indeed.
Rob’s become a massively popular player on Tyneside this season – and it’s not surprising given his brilliant goalkeeping for the side.
Rob could help us survive relegation this season in these upcoming crucial final eight games of the season.