McClaren comments on Rob Elliot getting his Newcastle chance

Rob Elliot is expected to become Newcastle’s goalkeeper due to Tim Krul’s injury.

Speaking to the official Newcastle website, Steve McClaren has hinted that he will select Rob Elliot as the Magpies’ starting goalkeeper due to the absence of Tim Krul through injury.

The head coach said: “I've been impressed by Rob from day one when I came into the Club. He's very vocal in the dressing room, is a senior player with good experience and is not afraid to say things. That is vital, and this situation gives Rob an opportunity to show what he can do.”

Elliot, 29, has been with Newcastle since 2011, but has only played 27 games due to his placing as back-up stopper for his entire Magpies’ career.

It is hard to suggest that Elliot deserves to have played more games than that as well, considering he has never impressed when turning out for the Tyneside outfit, and has conceded an incredible 43 goals in those 27 appearances.

However, McClaren has no real choice but to opt for Elliot as his first-choice stopper, with Krul out injured for the rest of the season, and second-choice Karl Darlow on the sidelines for a shorter spell of time.

It is either Elliot in goal, or McClaren has to look at throwing 18-year-old Freddie Woodman in at the deep end, which would be a bold move - regardless of how highly Woodman is rated.

McClaren’s comments suggest that Elliot is in line to start this weekend when Norwich City head to St James’ Park, and it is the 29-year-old’s chance to finally prove himself with Newcastle.

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