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 Jamesâ€™ 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:
â€œThey will discuss my situation in the next few weeks,â€ â€œI told the board I am enjoying my spell in Scotland and would like to continue playing at the highest possible level.â€â€œI 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 donâ€™t just kick the ball away, but try to find solutions football-wise.â€
The 19-year-old, who is the Scottish Premier Leagueâ€™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 heâ€™s out on loan.
â€œI am usually the busier goalkeeper,â€ â€œI 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.â€
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:
â€œThey want to make me feel at home and be part of the squad,â€ â€œWhen 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.â€
â€œSam Allardyce has not had a personal chat with me yet, but the coaching staff are content with my development.â€
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.