The Newcastle United club’s new policy of attracting young talent and then developing them has only just been put in place.
Tim Krul - 20 year-old goalkeeper wants to leave Newcastle
Yet it looks like we’ll be losing one of our best young players soon, since 20 year old 6’2″ goalkeeper Tim Krul looks set to move to Dutch club Herenveen.
Tim has been at the club exactly 3 years this month, since he was signed by Graeme Souness, but it seems like it is the player himself who wants the transfer, whereas the club would obviously like to keep him and loan him out for a season.
But withÂ Â Given and Harper both in top form, and local youngster Fraser Forster having emerged after making great strides over the last year or so, Tim probably doesn’t see a clear path through to the first team, or even to the subs bench.
Tim’s a great young lad, he is also a top prospect, and he’s also ambitious and seemingly looking for first team football next season, somewhere.
As we have reported, Heerenveen, Feyenoord and Chelsea are all interested in signing Krul this summer, and it looks like it is Herenveen that has stolen a march on the other clubs, at least in Tim’s eyes.
Herenveen have offered Â£2M, and that offer appears to have convinced the player.
Tim told the Dutch media:
â€œThis is a club that offered the most to me,â€ â€œSo that already gives me a special feeling.”
â€œIf Feyenoord make an offer, I am always open to a beautiful adventure in the south of Rotterdam. But we are as good as there (with Heerenveen).â€
Krul spent last season on loan to Scottish Premier League side Falkirk, where he gained rave reviews in his 22 appearances.
Newcastle also have top young goalkeeperÂ Ole Soderberg of Sweden in the ranks, and while he turns just 18 years old tomorrow (July 20th), he is also tipped as a future top player.
Scout Piet de Visser has said the twice capped Dutch Under-21 international will become Edwin van der Sarâ€™s long-term replacement at Holland, and his opinion is highly-regarded.Â It seems that he may have also encouraged Chelsea to go after the player, since he is close to Chelsea owner, Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea may want to buy Krul and immediately loan him to PSV, though that would be a bad deal for Newcastle, since if he’s going out on loan Newcastle should keep him.
It also looks like if Tim leaves, it’s becasue he wants first team football, which he would have an excellent chance of getting at the Herenveen club, he’s that good.
We hope we can keep young Tim at the club, but if we cannot, at least we have made Â£2M on the player in 3 seasons, so it was a good deal signing him as a youngster. Tim also was a success as he has developed as expected into a top class prospect.
That Â£2M will help Newcastle being in other players hopefully.
However, the main purpose in our youth policy is to develop young players so they then play in the Newcastle first team, but we’re not going to be able to satisfy them all, and some will need to move on.
That almost sounds like what Arsenal do – so maybe we are on the right track with our youth policy. Th young top players is one thing at the club that is really exciting right now, and watching our young reserve side next season, will be interesting, to say the least.
Now we need 5 top players for the first team squad and Newcastle’s garden will be rosy again.