Rob Elliot says Tim Krul is still Newcastle’s number one

Tim Krul

Elliot has been filling in for Tim Krul for much of this season.

Newcastle have started to pick up form recently due to the performances of Rob Elliot, but the goalkeeper has admitted to NUTV that Tim Krul is still number one at St James’ Park.

Elliot said: “Massive shout to Tim Krul, chat to him all the time – he is our number one and we just want to wish him a massive recovery.”

Krul started the campaign as undoubted first-choice under Steve McClaren, although he was unfortunately injured whilst on international duty with the Netherlands.

Since then, Elliot has been deputising, and after some early struggles - and a 5-1 loss to Crystal Palace - he has helped the Magpies to two straight wins.

He kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Liverpool, and then pulled off a series of exceptional saves to allow his team to get back into the game in a 2-1 victory.

Elliot’s form has many actually believing in his ability after doubts fuelling his entire career on Tyneside, and despite Krul’s abilities, it would be unfortunate for Elliot to immediately lose his place in the starting XI when the Dutch stopper is back fit.

There are no indications as to when Krul will be back playing, but if Elliot continues to put in the top class performances he has been showing in recent weeks, the number one's absence will not be so heavily felt.

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