Rob Elliot has returned to full training with the squad this week after it was just over six months since he badly damaged his Anterior Cruciate ligaments playing for Ireland in Dublin.
Rob returns to the fray with there being great competition between the three goalkeepers vying for the number one position.
Rob Elliot back to full training this week
Karl Darlow has only just been given the nod over new signing Matz Sels, who played the first 9 league games before being displaced.
That was after a mediocre showing at Aston Villa when he was hesitant when Villa scored the equalizer in the last minute of normal time.
Rob has been talking this week to the Chronicle and these are some of his latest remarks regarding competition for places at Newcastle under manager Rafa Benitez:
“The good thing is we all know that nobody’s place is safe. That’s what you want as a goalkeeper.”
“If you play well you keep your place you will do well, if you don’t, you might lose it.”
“Matz has done brilliantly but because of the quality and strength in depth we have the manager has been able to change it.”
“Karl has come in and he now knows the same. He’s got to keep at it. It’s great for me to come back because I know it will be hard to even get back on the bench, before I even think about playing.”
Rob Elliot had a brilliant season last term and it will take him some weeks to get back to full match fitness and as he says – it will be difficult enough for him to get back on the bench let alone back in the first team.
But if Rob shows the form he showed last season he’s probably still the best goalkeeper we have at the club and he’s also a strong voice in the dressing room for Newcastle.
It will be interesting to see how this battle for the number one shirt goes in the next several weeks, but Karl Darlow will know he will have to be at his very best to keep the jersey.
And that’s exactly how it should be with any good side.
What do you think?