With Netherlands international custodian Krul ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international will start between the posts for the Magpies.
“Newcastle are going to need at least 40 points to stay up,” former Liverpool defender Carragher wrote in The Daily Mail. “If Krul was going to be responsible for half of them, where are they going to come from now? Can Newcastle beat relegation without Krul?
“So you can see how much is riding on how Rob Elliot performs in Krul’s absence. He has hardly played in the Barclays Premier League over the last two seasons and his most recent clean sheet in it came at West Ham in May 2013.”
Pressure will certainly be on Elliot, but at the same time Krul’s injury should inspire the Irishman.
The 29-year-old has been on the books of Newcastle since 2011, but he has the status of a squad player.
In the absence of Krul, Elliot can show what he is capable of, and perhaps even demonstrate to Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren that he should be given more chances even after the return of the Dutchman.
Newcastle are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just three points from eight matches. The Magpies will take on Norwich City at St. James’ Park in the league on Sunday.