With Newcastle bottom of the Premier League and without a win, you have to be grateful when United goalkeeper Rob Elliot gives us all a laugh to raise the spirits.
The club have released quotes to the local press on Thursday and amongst the headlines used are:
‘Rob Elliot is refusing to give up on the battle to be No.1 at Newcastle’
‘Rob Elliot ready to tough it out at Newcastle’
Due to the injury to Karl Darlow, unfortunately Elliot has ended up only one injury away from the first team.
Tim Krul hasn’t been great this season but if anything does happen to him, then things would take a massive turn for the worst if we had to rely on Rob Elliot. If injury did strike the Dutch keeper (which it has a habit of doing when he is on international duty…), then I hope there would be some way we could recall 18 year old Freddie Woodman from his loan spell at Crawley to play in the first team.
Much has been made of the fact that Newcastle totally rely on players from abroad, but amongst that, there have been a number of lower league signings of British players as Mike Ashley tries to fill the squad up on the cheap with players not really good enough for the Premier League.
To an extent it worked in the short-term with the likes of James Perch and Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson has hung around for what seems forever, whilst we are yet to see Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles has looked poor in the little we have seen of him, with it looking a big leap for Ivan Toney to move up from League Two.
However, Rob Elliot tops the lot.
He sums it up perfectly with these quotes:
“Football’s the strangest thing in the world. Five years ago I was playing in League One with Charlton. I’ve ended up playing in the Premier League and Europa League with Newcastle and playing for my country.
“You can’t judge what the future’s doing, you’ve just got to do your best every day. I love being up here – you can’t ask for a bigger football club.”
In four and a half years at Newcastle he has started 14 Premier League matches and it is 14 too many for me.
No wonder he can’t believe he is at Newcastle and in the Premier League, he is yet another player brought in for all the wrong reasons and given a far too long contract meaning we can’t get rid of him, as nobody else will have him.
The fact Rob Elliot was at Charlton and already knew Alan Pardew and former keeping coach Andy Woodman is obviously how we got landed with him, via the old pals act. I didn’t see them trying to take Rob Elliot with them to Palace!
“It’s just, as always, a case of being patient and trying to do well when you get an opportunity. You just hope for the best and see what happens and you just sort of take each day as it comes.
“It is just about getting as many opportunities to show people what I can do.
“You go from highs to lows and vice-versa, as long as you give everything you can in football every day, that is all that can be asked of you.”
One other amusing quote from Rob Elliot sees him talking about buying players from abroad:
“Obviously, when you’re taking players from outside the Premier League, they need to learn as well.
“Hopefully, they can use the experience they’ve had over the past six weeks.”
Taking players from ‘outside the Premier League’ could also apply to those like Rob Elliot who come from League One or wherever in England. He has had four and a half years to learn and we are yet to see any sign of him using that ‘experience’.
Just like so many of our players, Rob Elliot will see out his lucrative (compared to his ability) contract at Newcastle which ends in summer 2016, then if he’s lucky get another club in League One or Two and have to start earning his money.
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