Harry Redknapp says Newcastle 'keeper Rob Elliot is his player of the weekend

The former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham boss was very impressed with the Newcastle United stopper on Saturday.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp has named his Premier League team of the week for the Independent, reserving special praise for Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

The Magpies stopper was in excellent form as he kept a clean sheet on Saturday, ensuring Ayoze Perez’s first-half strike was enough to give Newcastle a 1-0 victory against Bournemouth.

Elliot had to wait patiently for his chances at St James’ Park having moved from Charlton Athletic back in 2011, but a serious injury to Tim Krul means the 29-year-old is now Newcastle’s first-choice stopper.

Against Bournemouth he excelled, keeping his second successive clean sheet and making five fantastic saves to keep Eddie Howe’s side at bay despite their regular attacks.

Writing in the Telegraph this week, Redknapp said, “My man of the weekend has to be Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who produced an amazing performance at Bournemouth.”

Elliot’s heroics ensured Newcastle maintained their mini revival, climbing out of the relegation zone at the expense of Saturday’s opponents and looking very much on the up despite their woeful start to the season.

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