Report: Newcastle end interest in signing goalkeeper in January; Rob Elliot targeting new contract

Newcastle United

Rob Elliot has recently established himself in Newcastle’s starting XI.

Elliot was thrust into starting duties with the Magpies due to the injury to Tim Krul, and a report in the Daily Mail claims that he is pushing for a new contract having impressed in goal.

The 29-year-old started the season with his future under threat, being third choice stopper behind Krul and Karl Darlow.

However, injuries to the duo at the same time caused Elliot to take up a starting role, and he has impressed since coming into the team, especially in Newcastle’s two most recent fixtures.

He kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 victory over Liverpool, before pulling off a number of impressive stops in the 2-1 victory over Spurs last weekend. He was even unfortunate to be beaten by Eric Dier’s goal, and Elliot was central to the Magpies picking up three points to move out of the relegation zone.

With his form, Elliot has been considered as a potential call-up for the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016, as he is playing consistently whilst Shay Given and Darren Randolph - the two keepers used in qualifying - are back-up options at Stoke and West Ham respectively.

The report claims that he has taken on a senior leadership role in the dressing room at St James’ Park in recent weeks, despite starting the season on the outskirts of the team.

It is claimed that his performances have forced Newcastle to shelve their plans of signing a new keeper in January, and Elliot is targeting a contract extension to his deal which expires in the summer of 2019.

On current form, it is hard to deny that Elliot doesn’t deserve this new contract.

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