Rob Elliot feels New Zealand shutouts will put him in contention

Londoner delighted with pre-season form after good shows in Wellington and Dunedin

Rob Elliot attempts to make a save during a Newcastle United training session
Rob Elliot attempts to make a save during a Newcastle United training session

Rob Elliot hopes that two clean sheets in New Zealand have done enough to keep him in Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew’s thoughts ahead of the Premier League kick-off.

Tim Krul remains United’s number one for the new season. But Elliot was a steady figure in the two tour matches against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix and he pulled off two fine saves in the New Zealand capital. Elliot could continue in goal for tomorrow night’s friendly against Sheffield Wednesday, with Krul still on holiday.

Pardew also has Jak Alnwick or Freddie Woodman as back-up goalkeepers, but this is a crucial time for Elliot to get games under his belt.

Elliot said: “You have to keep working hard and showing the manager that you’re there and you want to play. It’s pre-season so just trying to get back in the swing – it’s nice to keep a couple of clean sheets.”

Newcastle’s players returned to the UK yesterday and were told to rest after the long flight back from Wellington. The Magpies flew back via Auckland and Melbourne. Now Pardew will take a roll call before deciding his team in Yorkshire. Elliot said: “I know we’ve travelled quite a long way but I’m all for going to other parts of the world and experiencing new places.”

United’s striker search continues but despite failing a medical at Liverpool, Loic Remy is wanted and welcome back at Queens Park Rangers.

Manager Harry Redknapp said: “He’ll come back here. I don’t know how he’s failed a medical. He had a stringent medical here.

“You couldn’t meet a fitter lad. I don’t see how there can be any issue with his fitness. Their loss is our gain. My gain.

“I’ve got a fantastic striker and I said when he went last year he’s a striker that is capable of getting 20 goals in the Premier League. So that’s what we need him to do – get 20 goals for QPR and we’ll be delighted.

“He’s capable of doing that. I’m disappointed for the boy and sorry his move to Liverpool didn’t happen but my point of view I’ve got a great striker.

“You couldn’t meet a fitter lad than him.

“It’s not fair. He’s not missed a game. It can’t be a medical. For me we have one of the best strikers in the Premier League.”


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