There can be no denying how well Rob Elliot has done as Newcastle United’s stand in goalkeeper in Tim Krul’s absence from the side for large spells of last season. The former Charlton Athletic keeper was signed in the summer of 2011 and has steadily grown and developed as a player in that time. Following a shaky début in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest, Elliot is now looking like a safe pair of hands when called upon.
Elliot has made no attempts to hide his personal ambitions, and that he is not in the Newcastle squad to simply make up the numbers. This is what the Newcastle goalkeeper had to say,
“Tim’s a top keeper – he’s the number one – but I’m not here just to sit on the bench.” “I’m here to push him. That’s what I did all pre-season, and I was disappointed, to be honest with you, not to start the season.”
“I had a chat with the gaffer and he said ‘Tim is the No1, so you have to accept that’. I just said I want to keep training, keep working hard and prove that I can hopefully get into the team.”
“Obviously, Tim has been fantastic, as he usually is. All I can do is back it up when I get a chance to play, and keep doing well in training.” “We are good mates anyway, so there’s nothing nasty there.”
“Tim knows I work hard, and I want to get in the team, and he knows he has got to keep me out.” “As long as we are both putting in performances like we have been doing recently, that’s all we can do.”
It’s always healthy to have competition for places, and that is something we do not have in all areas of the squad, so it is great to know that we have more than a suitable stand in for Krul if he ever has to spend some time on the sidelines again.
What do you think? Is Rob really pushing Krul hard for that number 1 spot? Maybe you think he’s good enough to start? We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
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