Krul Making Great Progress at Falkirk

Tim Krul has asked Newcastle United to extend his loan spell at Falkirk, so he can get even more playing experience in the Scottish Premier League.


Tim Krul – Dutchman making great progress at Falkirk

The Dutch goalkeeper has been with the Bairns since August, and was due to return to St James’ Park on January 2. But Falkirk are very keen to retain him for the rest of the season, which is not surprising, and Tim thinks it would benefit him and Newcastle were he to stay at the Scottish club.

Tim talked over the weekend:

“They will discuss my situation in the next few weeks,” “I told the board I am enjoying my spell in Scotland and would like to continue playing at the highest possible level.”“I am learning an awful lot. It is a great experience to develop myself, physically in particular. I pick up quite a few knocks at set pieces.”

“I was pleasantly surprised by the standard in Scotland. I had been told all those kick-and-rush stories, but even the smaller clubs don’t just kick the ball away, but try to find solutions football-wise.”

The 19-year-old, who is the Scottish Premier League’s youngest first-choice goalkeeper, believes playing for one of the lesser lights has also helped, since he gets plenty of practice, which is exactly the reason he’s out on loan.

“I am usually the busier goalkeeper,” “I may even have been tested too often in the first few games, when we were thrashed 4-1 and 7-2 by Celtic and Rangers respectively.”

Tim is a very promising goalkeeper and joined Newcastle United from local club ADO Den Haag in 2005, when Graeme Souness was still manager. Krul has been reassured recently that his long-term future is on Tyneside, where he comes and spends a few days every three weeks. Tim continued:

“They want to make me feel at home and be part of the squad,” “When you are on loan, you can quickly feel isolated from the other squad members. And it gives the goalkeeping coach an opportunity to see if I have made some progress.”

“Sam Allardyce has not had a personal chat with me yet, but the coaching staff are content with my development.”

It’s been a very good loan spell for Tim so far, and he’ll be all the better for it. We’ll also have to see what happens with 18 year-old Andrew Carroll, who has been out on loan to Preston North End, and due to return in early January also. Andrew wasn’t even a substitute for Preston in their 1-0 loss at home to Blackpool on Saturday, so we think there’s more chance that Andrew will return to St. James’ Park.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • George

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Krul has got the right idea, stay put and play.
    You can see why he wants to stay when he sees the likes of Steve Harper turn in fabulous displays then instantly get dropped when Shay Given comes back. He is probably thinking that by staying were he is, is more beneficial to a good career than sitting on the subs bench. By playing all the time there are potential future clubs looking at his progress in an active environment.

  • Len

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    It sounds like Tim is doing well at Falkirk and playing competitive football which is what he needs. At some point in the next 6 to 18 months Sam has to make a decision about his keepers. Do we keep an ageing Shamus and Stevie for the next 5 years in which case we will lose Tim for sure. Or unload one and make Tim official no 2. Andy has done some dumb things at PNE and hopefully learned from them.

  • Dirk

    Dec 10, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    agree with len, personally i luv our keepers bu i think that we should let given go i know he is better than harper but harper hasn been given a chance to show what hes made of because everytime he shows us hes great he gets dropped for given, i think we could sell given on to arsenal as they have wanted him for years, lets make harper our number 1 and krul our number 2 where he should play fa cup and carling cup games for experience.

  • Bill F

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #4

    I bet he’s met a nice young lassie up there. 😉

  • Indian toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    he is the next shay of nufc. krul and forster the two best bet. and ofcourse jussi jaskeleinnen to come in next season.

  • Mark G

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #6

    I think it would be a massive mistake to sell Given. He is by far the better goalkeeper and if we want to win things you don’t sell your best players.

  • Nobby!

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Personally, I can’t wait to have this kid up front. Shay’s injury prone, and I’m scared to have Harper up front.

    And is it jus’ me or does Krul remind me of Adam Banks from the Might Ducks series? 🙂

  • Leo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8

    he looks soo young in that photo, does he seriously still look like that haha.

    andrew carroll has to come back

  • Sparkey

    Dec 11, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Krul has been great for Falkirk this season and i hope he is in our long term plans

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 12, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #10

    I kee[ watching te falkirk highlights and hes made some tremenous trade but he so much like our others goalies, a shot stopper, not much of an all around e.g rganises defence, but at least he has time on his side to learn these things. Falkirks defence is shocking though.


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