It would be cruel if Newcastle drop Rob Elliot, says Matt Le Tissier

Tim Krul

The goalkeeper will face competition for the goalkeeper jersey when Tim Krul returns from injury.

Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast from 12:30pm January 23, Matt Le Tissier says it would be cruel for Newcastle United to drop Rob Elliot when Tim Krul returns to fitness.

The 29-year-old has been impressive for the Magpies this season, after being handed a chance when Krul was ruled out for the season with an injury picked up on international duty with the Netherlands.

Krul has very much been the number one at St James’ Park for several years now though, and would expect to return to that role at some point once he is fit again.

Le Tissier believes that would be cruel on Elliot though, saying he has been influential for Steve McClaren’s side this season.

“Probably at the moment Rob Elliot has done enough [to keep his place],” he told Soccer Saturday.

“He’s been very influential for them and made the difference. It would be really hard on the lad if Tim Krul was to come back the first game he was fit.”

Purely from a fitness point of view, it would make sense for Newcastle to stick with Elliot even when Krul returns to full training.

Rather than rushing the Dutchman back into the side and risking further injury, as can be the case with long-term absences such as his, they can take his return slowly and stick with Elliot in goal as they do it.

That would arguably be the best for Krul and the team, and there is no denying he has earned his chance with his performances this season.

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