Rob Elliot identifies the players who should be fearing for their future at Newcastle
By Danny Wright
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot has claimed that every member of the Newcastle squad should be worried about their future amid “uncertainty” at the club.
Manager Rafa Benitez is likely to bring in a host of new faces over the summer as the Magpies prepare for life back in the Premier League.
Elliot, 31, has only made two first-team appearances this season due to a knee injury and understands that his and his teammates’ futures at St. James’ Park aren’t set in stone.
“I think there is uncertainty,” said the former Charlton ‘keeper, as quoted by the Daily Star.
“We all know the manager has the reputation which will allow him to being in top European or even world class players.
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“So every single position is under threat because of that – whether it’s goalkeeper or striker.”
Elliot was brought back into the Newcastle first team last Monday as they secured promotion with a 4-1 victory against Preston.
Karl Darlow has been Benitez’s No 1 choice between the sticks for most of the campaign, but Elliot was again on the team sheet in the 2-0 victory over Cardiff last Friday, when he wore the captain’s armband.
The four-times Republic of Ireland international has made 51 appearances for Newcastle since joining them in 2011 and, despite his last two starts, competition for a starting place will be more fierce next season as Tim Krul is expected to return from his loan spell at AZ Alkmaar.
The Daily Star have claimed that Benitez wants a £100million war chest in the summer with Kieran Tierney, Jozo Simunovic, James McCarthy, Tom Cairney and Tammy Abraham topping his shortlist.
In other Newcastle news, a Sky Sports pundit has predicted the outcome of Sunday’s Championship finale.