It’s an up and down life as a professional footballer and no doubt Rob Elliot will attest to that.
Rob was first choice goalkeeper at the beginning of the season, and then he was injured, and when he was fit again, he couldn’t get his place back from Karl Darlow.
Then in January Rafa brought in 29-year-old Slovakian International Martin Dubravka and Rob is now third choice, with Karl on the bench.
But that doesn’t stop team player Elliot from being upbeat about our recent form – that’s one of the things we like about Rob – he’s upbeat and positive.
Rob is not one to go and mope about things when things are not going well.
Rob Elliot – in action against Huddersfield
Newcastle have been reported by some pundits to be a Championship side competing in the Premier League this season.
But Rob doesn’t agree with that assessment, and this is what he has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“We always believed we were good enough to stay up and we still do.”
“Obviously when you start getting the results and start seeing yourself higher up the table it really helps.”
“:Hopefully we can keep pushing from there.”
“There’s been a lot made about this squad not being a Premier League squad but I completely disagree.”
“I believe there’s a strong depth in the squad and we’ve proven time and time again that we’re good enough.”
“Not forgetting this is our first season back in the Premier League as well. I think the players have got a lot to prove, it’s a very young squad, but a very good and hungry one too.”
“It was great (against Southampton),”
“Not just the way we played and the three points, but the atmosphere around the ground was fantastic too.”
“To see the place bouncing after an early goal was great and hopefully there will be more to come.”
“All in all things are looking very good for us going forward and hopefully we can enjoy a strong end to the season.”
The Manchester United and Southampton home games are what fans live for at Newcastle.
It was a fantastic feeling for some days after both those wins.
And Rob is as upbeat as ever, and he was speaking at the launch of See It, Tackle It, Stop It.
It’s a joint initiative between Newcastle United, The North East Elite Academy and Northumbria Police which is to root out child sex abuse in grassroots football.
That’s some of the excellent work Rob and our other players are doing in the local community.
Good for them – and good for the community.