Rob Elliot is the current Newcastle number one goalkeeper but it seems Rafa wants to give more competition and may even bring in another goalkeeper in January.
Newcastle do have young Freddie Woodman coming through, but the England U21 International must get some games out on loan soon.
And he could do that in January if Rafa brings if another goalkeeper comes in at that time.
Rob has been interviewed in the Chronicle and he starts off by saying the days of players coming to Newcastle so they can move on to a bigger in a couple of years are over.
Rob Elliot – takeover will be exciting for everyone
Rafa wants to build a top side at Newcastle, so there’s no reason to move to another club with the world-class manager at the club.
This is some of what Rob has said in the Chronicle interview:
“This club is definitely not a stepping stone club anymore and it should never be,”
“Those days are gone now. The players here are all young, all hungry, but most importantly they are all wanting to play for this club.”
“Last year, players left the Premier League to come and play for this club in the Championship.”
“That shows the size of us and also the fact the manager is here, the age of the players coming in, they’re here to develop and get better and take the club forward.”
“We’re now in the top half of the league and we can keep developing that, not just for this season but hopefully for more to come.”
“There’s obviously interest from various groups, which is exciting for everyone.”
“Hopefully someone comes in who can take the club forward, which will be great. “
“It’s a great thing for the club all round so the club can kick on.”
Rafa is doing a great job at Newcastle and to have us in 7th place in the Premier League will only help the takeover.
Newcastle fans are hoping this is the real thing and that owner Mike Ashley is not using it as a ruse as he seems to have done before.
Newcastle and Rafa Benitez need new owners with the same ambition that Rafa and the fans have for the club.
Then we can really go places.