Rob Elliot made his first Newcastle United first team squad in 10 months on Wednesday night.
Last involved when playing in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland at St James Park before picking up that bad freak injury when playing a friendly for Ireland.
The keeper disappointingly missing out on a possible Euros campaign in France and helping out Newcastle in the relegation run-in.
After a number of games for the reserves to help towards match fitness, many Newcastle fans hoped he would make the first 11 against Birmingham, but Rafa Benitez kept faith with Matz Sels as his second keeper.
The Belgian doing ok but in reality having next to nothing to do, apart from picking the ball out of the net from Birmingham’s consolation goal, which Sels could do little about.
So Rob Elliot got a place on the bench but now the dilemma is what to do with three fully fit first team goalkeepers, the one area of the team where Rafa Benitez currently has real strength in depth.
An ‘exclusive’ in the Irish Sun on Friday morning, reports that Newcastle have been approached by three different clubs, who all want to take Rob Elliot on an initial loan.
Cardiff, Wigan and tomorrow’s opponents, Rotherham, are all said to have asked about the keepers availability for the rest of the season and the reports state that other Championship clubs are also now credited with interest.
Unless Karl Darlow picks up an injury, nobody else is going to get any Championship action, whether that is Sels or Elliot, so a loan deal and some first team action could well be the answer.
Goalkeeper is the one position where an emergency replacement can be brought in outside the transfer window if Newcastle did loan out a keeper and then one of the other two picked up an injury, so rather than standing idle, it would seem to make sense that somebody goes out on loan – whether that is Matz Sels or Rob Elliot.