Newcastle United v Chelsea - Premier LeagueI had an interesting conversation last night with somebody inside the club and asked which of the new players is making the most effort to get up to speed and learn the language.

The great news is that all of the January signings are doing their best to get up to speed but even better, what is looking the real star signing, Moussa Sissoko, has been demanding extra English lessons from the tutor the club have provided.

Apparently Moussa at every opportunity where he can fit an extra lesson in, is on the phone asking to meet up and learn the lingo.

Some of you may think so what?

However, in my book there are people who are driven to succeed in life and while some can get to where they want to be through pure talent, when you have somebody who has that talent PLUS the extra drive and commitment, it can be a potent combination.

We also have the backdrop of so many players, both from home and abroad, who have landed on Tyneside and only interested in taking as much money for as little return as possible.

We have seen Sissoko’s energy and drive on the pitch, so he deserves an extra pat on the back for his off the field commitment as well.

With players such as Yohan Cabaye and Sissoko inside the club I don’t think we’ll go too far wrong.

11 comments
GORDO1674
GORDO1674 5pts

A well thoughtout and factual based article on Elliott. It's fair to say he has grasped a great opportunity.

Krul, has like a few at the club recently, become complacent which was plain to see from the stands.

Elliott although hardly your athletic goalkeeper mould....( remember the 1st class Neville Southall ) is a great shot stopper and is improving game by game.

In my opinion he was given a chance through someone's else's misfortune and he has taken it big style.

Krul has much work to do when fit again to get the jersey back.

Morpeth mag
Morpeth mag 5pts

IMO he has been our player of the season, his standards have been the same in every game, I wasn't a fan of his, but he has changed my mind, his distribution is far better than Kruls (who's kicking is abysmal and he always takes too long to release the ball after catching it, giving the the opposition the opportunity to get there shape back), in fact I'm starting to prefer him to Krul, if only he had a strong defence in front of him,,,,

amacdee
amacdee 5pts

Good read Jonathan, never was an Elliot fan but this latest stint between the sticks has changed my opinion. I also agree he's a talker and there is the faint possibility of him taking over the captaincy next season when Colo finally leaves ? Ironically Fattie sacked all the voluble players in the dressing room hopefully he now realises they're an important part of any team ?

1957
1957 5pts

He has earned the right to be first choice and when TK is fit again he will have to wait for his chance IMO.

Personally I was never comfortable with him in goal previously, he looked overweight, slow to react and indecisive. I don't know what has changed for him, but I suspect the departure Woodman may have something to do with it. He is clearly a leader in the team now and has spoken with the press more than Colo has in his whole NUFC career.

Philippines
Philippines 5pts

The unfortunate thing about being the 'reserve' goalie is that you can be World class player but understudy to "World class plus 1%". Take Steve Harper…. I never had any qualms when he was in goal. I always thought that if Steve had got more playing time he could have got an England call up. He was a great servant to NUFC.

Greg Codling
Greg Codling 5pts

I say play till he loses form, revolve, do the same with Tim

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

A good article…Elliot has always been a first class professional at the club, who waited for the opportunity, and when it happened went on to prove his quality. 


...Now when Tim gets back he won’t expect to be the automatic first choice again, but will have to wait for an opportunity to take the jersey back…and that’s a healthy situation for the club!!

MrDolf
MrDolf 5pts

It's terrifying to think where we'd be without this guy's contribution this season, gives his all. I wish we could put his SIM card in some of the others.

Regarding the injury, I noticed he seemed reluctant to kick long on Saturday, preferring to play it out to a defender. Hopefully our forthcoming enforced break will help with any healing needed

amacdee
amacdee 5pts

@MrDolf We'd be at least three points worse off for sure.