Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has today given his full support to one of our up and coming goalkeepers, 19 year-old Hexham born Fraser Forster.
Fraser has been on the bench these last two games since Shay Given has been out with his groin injury.Â Big Sam thinks there are 3 goalkeepers fighting for first-team football at St Jamesâ€™ Park â€“ Given, Harper and Forster.
Fraser Forster – already challenging for first team position
Of course we also have highly rated Dutch 19 year-old keeper Tim Krul on loan at Falkirk for 6 months â€“ so thatâ€™s four very good goalkeepers we have at the club right now.
Fraser Forster has come on leaps and bounds in the last 18 months, and has played some outstanding games this season for Newcastle Reserves. Sam believes Fraser is a Premier League star in the making. He seems to be in no doubt that Forster, already 6ft 5in and still growing, is ready to challenge Given and Harper for the starting position.
Sam told the Sunday Sun today:
â€œWe donâ€™t need to recall Tim Krul, because weâ€™ve got Fraser â€“ whoâ€™s top drawer,â€
â€œHeâ€™s really shown in the reserves a lot of outstanding qualities.” ” Heâ€™s young and inexperienced but he looks a very promising young goalkeeper.
â€œIâ€™d be happy to use him.â€
We’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Forster’s play and how much he has improved over the last year or so. He’s also likely to finish even taller than the 6′ 5″ he currently stands. A good build for a goalkeeper these days.
Looks like there is a growing challenge for the goalkeeper starting position at Newcastle. Now what’s that news about wanting to sign Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in January. We don’t think so.