Rob Elliot determined to keep Newcastle United first team place

Rob Elliot has performed admirably for Newcastle United since Tim Krul picked up an injury.

Rob Elliot has urged Steve McClaren to keep selecting him for Newcastle United, in the Chronicle.

The 29-year-old goalkeeper has come into the Magpies’ team following an injury to Tim Krul, and he has impressed.

Elliot has been playing through the pain barrier for Steve McClaren’s side, but he is determined to keep his place between the sticks over the coming weeks.

“Hopefully I get the good against Spurs and I just keep playing as much as I can," he said. 

“I will always put myself on the pitch as long as the manager thinks I can do enough."

Elliot’s form has been an unexpected bonus for Newcastle this season, and he has surpassed all expectations.

There had been doubts over the former Charlton Athletic stopper’s ability prior to his inclusion this term, but he has defied his critics so far.

Elliot has been a reliable presence in every match that he has played so far, and even though Karl Darlow is now back fit – he is keeping his main rival out of first team contention.

Elliot looks likely to continue in goal for Newcastle at the weekend, with McClaren’s side facing Tottenham Hotspur.

If the Tyneside outfit are able to avoid defeat at White Hart Lane, they could move out of the drop-zone, which would be a big relief for everyone at St. James’ Park.

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