Last summer when Steve McClaren had just come in as the new manager he was going to send goalkeeper Rob Elliot out on loan, but Rob was so enthusiastic in training and so positive that he decided to keep him at Newcastle.
Then last October when Tim Krul was seriously injured playing for the Netherlands and second choice Karl Darlow was also out injured at the time, Rob got another chance in the first team and the rest is history and he was our Player of the Season.
Rob himself was injured last March with a serious ACL injury, and he is now recovering and the good news today is that he’s close to a return.
Rob Elliot in Ireland this summer
Rob’s training now although not with the first team squad and the Chronicle say he may be ready by the end of the month – but it may take a little longer although we hope not.
Certainly his ACL must not have been severe as Tim Krul’s injury sicn eTim’s been out almost a year now.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has talked about Rob in the Chronicle today and he is well aware that Rob is now one of the leaders at the club:
“He is getting better. We knew by the end of last month he would be on the pitch a little bit.”
“It’s part of the process and he is doing well.” “He is very positive. For me, he is somebody who can help.”
“He’s been around and been positive anyway, but I am sure he will be more important when he comes back because you need good characters.”
Benitez handed Rob a four year deal in early September and it seems if Rob can get back to playing like he was last season – he will likely become Newcastle’s number one under Rafa.
If he can get back to his top form he will again be a huge player for us this season and hopefully help us get promoted.
Rob is a big favorite with the Newcastle fans, which is hardly surprising and he has the ability and love of the club that can be a massive help to the team this season.