Rob Elliot has claimed that people should be looking at all the good things happening at the club.
With it not appearing to be a journalist asking the questions, instead simply quotes sent out by the club, I can’t help but see it as being another small part of the Ashley/NUFC PR campaign to say the fans and Rafa are overdoing the failure by Newcastle United/Mike Ashley to properly back the manager this summer.
Rob Elliot claims ‘I think there’s a lot more positives than previous Premier League years’, well we do have Rafa Benitez but in terms of the quality of the playing staff, I can’t think of one in the Premier League era that has had so few top tier level players.
I wouldn’t criticise the spirit of the team/squad but as Rafa Benitez has said himself this summer, it doesn’t matter who the manager is if you don’t have the ‘tools’ (players) to do the job.
Elliot claims that the team ‘Have done brilliantly and the new signings look good’ – it isn’t a case of everything being a disaster and the players all being rubbish BUT Rafa Benitez and the supporters can clearly see the need for at least two or three better quality players who can lead this fight against what is already looking a pretty certain relegation battle.
Rafa has made clear he is desperate for a new experienced goalkeeper to come in as his number one and this kind of sums up where Newcastle are at.
Far too many players are in the first team who are ok as squad players, to play every so often and act as cover. but aren’t good enough to be first choice, Rob Elliot a prime example.
There is a reason as to why he has only started 37 Premier League matches in his entire career despite turning 32 this season, he wouldn’t be number one at any other Premier League club.
I look at Sunday’s match and wonder if the result would have been reversed if the keepers had been swapped?
Amongst Huddersfield’s busy summer of signings, they have brought in the Danish international keeper Jonas Lossl.
He looked excellent for Huddersfield in their 3-0 win at Palace and then on Sunday pulled off that brilliant fingertip save to stop Ritchie giving Newcastle the lead.
At the other end, Rob Elliot got nowhere near Aaron Mooy’s goal.
I can’t help wondering whether Elliot would have saved Ritchie’s effort and also, would Lossl have stopped Mooy’s goal?
With keepers you often think ‘he had no chance’ but the best goalkeepers often make saves that you don’t think are that remarkable because of their positioning/agility.
Shay Given spoilt us and he was exceptional, Tim Krul got near that level in 2011/12 but never ever came close afterwards, since that fifth place finish I think the goalkeeping has been pretty second rate and sums up why the team have always been fighting relegation since…or actually managed to get relegated.
That extra bit of quality is missing from Newcastle United at the minute and whilst we do have the likes of Shelvey, Ritchie and Gayle who can be capable of it, they need some help.
“With the stories flying around – (we) haven’t got enough, (we) have got enough – I don’t think it’s very fair on the squad.
“They did such a terrific job last year and we’ve brought in some good players.
“We just wanted it to be about looking forward to the Premier League season, unfortunately it’s not been that.
“As a group we now have to stay strong and take that on board. Playing for Newcastle isn’t like playing for other clubs; the pressure and the expectation that comes with it, you’ve got to be able to handle that to play for Newcastle.
“I think the lads have done and they have done brilliantly and the new signings look good. I think we just need to gel, get settled and push on for ourselves.
“It feels like the joy and the feeling of coming up seems to have gone away very quickly before we kicked a ball.
“I think that’s out of our hands and the manager’s but the only thing we can do is make sure on the pitch we’re doing the right things and working hard in training, which we are.
“With the injuries and the results, we’re not getting the rub of the green but that’s the Premier League, you get punished for anything, that’s the difference between that and the Championship.
“We didn’t want to start off with two defeats but we did that last year and won the league.
“I’m not saying we’re going to win the league this year but I don’t think it means that the world’s coming to an end and we have to look with despair.
“I think there’s a lot more positives than previous Premier League years.”
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