Date: 15th December 2015 at 12:30am
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2. Rob Elliot (Newcastle United)

Without man-of-the-match Elliot, Newcastle wouldn’t have had the chance to snatch a late winner at White Hart Lane, which came from Ayoze Pérez.

The Republic of Ireland international, who’s stepped up since replacing the injured Tim Krul, pulled off two fantastic saves to deny Erik Lamela in the first-half, before later saving from Harry Kane in the closing stages.

6 December 2014 - Barclays Premier League - Newcastle United v Chelsea - Robert Elliot of Newcastle United - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Elliot has been in fine form since replacing Krul

Spurs peppered the Magpies goal with eight shots, as Elliot also dealt with aerial balls from out wide and commanded his back four superbly.

For the goal, he still got a strong hand to Eric Dier’s header, but couldn’t push the ball over the bar.

Elliot’s distribution, which has let him down at times, was also much better than it has been in recent weeks.

With Krul out injured for the rest of the season, Elliot has shown over the past few weeks why Steve McClaren may not need to go out and sign another stopper in January.


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