There will be some battle in pre-season to decide who will be Newcastle’s starting goalkeeper next season between the returning Tim Krul, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot.
We expect Matz Sels to be sold or loaned out for the season and certainly expect the impressive young 20 year-old Freddie Woodman, already an England U21 player, to be loaned out for the season and probably to a Championship club so he gets first team playing time.
To add to the competition Rafa Benitez has even shown signs he may want to bring in another goalkeeper this summer.
Rob Elliot – looking forward to playing Premier League football next season
We covered a good interview earlier today with Tim Krul who definitely wants to stay at Newcastle, at least from what he says in the interview.
At the top of his form Tim can certainly become our number one goalkeeper next season and he does have lots of Premier League experience with Newcastle.
Both Tim and Rob Elliot are now recovered form the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries they picked up playing for the countries, Holland And Ireland respectively, the season before last and will fight it out with the impressive Karl Darlow in pre-season.
Karl has improved a lot since he arrived at the club to be part of the first team squad two years ago and he was great for us last season – and the 26 year-old is still improving.
Here’s quite a long interview Rob Elliot has given in ChronicleLive today:
“I think you’d be naive to say you are not looking just to stay up.” “You’ve got to look at that first and foremost before you even think about where you want to finish.”
“In my personal opinion, you get to 40 points as quick as you possibly can and then you look to see where you can finish.”
“But the manager is really big on just taking each game as it comes and I think that’s what we will do next year.”
“Hopefully it will just be a good season all around for the club, get some stability back and make sure we are in the Premier League again and go from there.”
“But then you start thinking after the Preston game (after we were officially promoted), it brought back all the memories of like the Manchester United games and the derbies and the Liverpool matches.”
“Every game is a massive game in the Premier League. Every game in the Premier League you know that you can get embarrassed very easily by the quality of players.”
“But as a player, you want to test yourself against the best and play against the best in the world every week.” “That’s where you want to be – playing in front of a big crowd at St James’ Park against the best players.”
“When we are doing well, there is no better place to be.” “You want to be in that environment every week and that’s what the Premier League means – that every week you are in that sort of atmosphere.”
“The atmosphere this year has just been amazing. Selling out the away end, has just been amazing.”
“Hopefully it will just keep growing and the connection between the fans, the players and the manager will just keep growing and taking us forward.”
“Going into next year we will have some tough games at home, so hopefully we can get that edge back with the atmosphere at the ground and that can help us get us over the line a few times.”
Elliot was brought in by Rafa Benitez with some good man-management to play the last three games of the season just to show him he is still part of Newcastle’s future.
From those performances Rob doesn’t seem to have lost anything from the season before last when he was our Player of the Season and outstanding.
One of Rob’s big attributes as a goalkeeper is his concentration – he’s always alert to any danger.
Rob’s been named in the provisional squad for the Republic of Ireland to play Uruguay and Mexico in friendlies next month and then an important World Cup Qualifier against Austria on June 11.
Let’s hope he makes the squad and gets a game.
It’s going to be a great summer and pre-season for Newcastle fans (we’ll make it so!) and one of the many things to look forward to, in addition to signing world-class players, is the tremulous battle that will take place for who will be the number one Newcastle goalkeeper next season.