Harper and Krul Get Their Chance At Doncaster

Last Saturday we saw Shay Given and Fraser Forster share the goalkeeping duties at Hartlepool.


 Tim Krul – will share goalkeeper duties with Steve Harper tomorrow

Tomorrow the goalkeeping duties will be shared by our other two goalkeepers, Steve Harper and Tim Krul.

Holland goalkeeper Tim Krul will get his first taste of senior action since his fantastic debut in Palermo, more than 18 months ago, when Newcastle play Doncaster Rovers on Saturday at KeepMoat Stadium.

The 20-year-old budding star, spent last season on loan to SPL side Falkirk but dislocated his shoulder badly in February, and was out for the rest of the season.

However, he seems to have played very well at Falkirk and got some rave reviews from Scotland.

Kevin Keegan told nufcTV today that the Holland under-21 star will get a run-out tomorrow as he rotates his top goalkeepers to give them all a game.

“Harps will start in goal on Saturday instead of Shay and we’ll give Tim Krul about the last half hour or so as we did with Fraser Forster at Hartlepool.”

Krul warmed the hearts of Newcastle supporters earlier in the week, when he came out and said how much he loved the Newcastle club.  That was in response to reports linking him with a move away from Newcastle, which he labeled as simply untrue.

Krul now has a chance to show what he can do during pre-season.

“I have said all along that I want to wait for my chance and then show the manager what I can do,”

“It is still very early in the season but during these friendly games I have the chance to catch the eye.”

“We then go over to Spain where there will be more opportunities and then look at the situation again.”

We have an embarrassment of riches in the goalkeeper position this season, and one of the two youngsters will probably be loaned out for the season.

Whether that will be Krul again, we’ll have to wait and see, but it looks to us like Tim wants to push for a place in the Newcastle set-up, and we don’t blame him for that.

Lots of fans see Tim as the number one in 2-3 years time, and certainly he has the skill and temperament to do that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Krul played so well in his debut, so long ago now but he’s defo one for the future. We are so lucky to have some great keepers @ SJP.

    Just need a few other positions strengthed too.

  • beye the great

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #2

    he is great and someo f the falkirk fans compared him as a future buffon

  • fip

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #3

    was it two seasons ago he made his debut?
    it feels like a decade ago

    i watched teh match and thought he was amazing.
    i would have him as my number two if i was manager….but im not 🙁 lol


    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh well another quiet day on the transfer front. At least everyone else is standing still aswell. Oh hang on /
    Aston villa- Kaboul
    Bolton- Riga
    Sunderland- Chimbonda,Meyler(dont ask.)
    Spurs-Possibly Arshavin
    Blackburn- Robinson

    Maybe its just us not being active then.ffs!

  • domtoon

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Comments are getting fewer and fewer. Anyone else think it really is about time now we signed some new (decent) players?

    Even my patience is running low now…..

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    OLIVER, thats such a fernando style post tbh.

  • Jim

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7


    After the news concerning the personal difficulties, match fitness, injury and the ‘can’t give ’em away’ of our strikers, I would like to see an established front man join, I just don’t know who. Oh, and a couple of defenders… and possibly an attacking central midfielder.

  • ChrisL

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Look forward to paper talk of Given leaving the club again next week then!

  • Stami

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #9

    This is the FULL story on what happened in Martins mothers tragic death.


  • Ericles

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #10

    I still say we cannot get in players with the present set up. We are hamstrung by not being in Europe. In addition the warned off signs for careerist and greedy players are there for all to see. Am not happy about the scenario where so much is run from London. I get the idea that Wise still thinks he is manager of Leeds and seeking players for them!!! Come on KK exert the charisma and leave these recruitment barrow boys from down south standing. How can KK play his cards close to his chest when he has been dealt a bum hand?

  • domtoon

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11

    I hear ya Jim I just want us to get some (decent) bodies through the door! Doesn’t seem like anything’s happening.


    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Obafan2. sorry but there is nothing to be happy about at the moment. we are one of the few teams who havent strenghtened yet. considering how poor we were last season that isnt acceptable. As i buy a season ticket i feel i am entitled to my views and i will certainly be calling for ashleys head if things dont improve.

  • dingo

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #13

    i am getting dejavu from the Roeder transfer window……. scary

  • xfer

    Jul 25, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Extremely blessed with the keepers we have.

  • Spyro

    Jul 25, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Obafan its because he IS fernando, is it coincidence that fernando/agnathe/chikitita disappear, then all of a sudden OLIVER pops up with a very similar commenting style? hmmm…no doubt one of the names mentioned will “coincidentally” make a sudden appearance now i have said that. Anyway, to tell the truth i am starting to find it quite amusing that he insists on keeping up this ridiculous name changing charade

  • UTD111

    Jul 25, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #16

    What do I think? I think we need to sign some defenders Ed :o)

  • micepie

    Jul 25, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #17

    So….what would be your choice of team to start against Doncaster? I’d probably goo for _

    Lua Lua,

    2nd half:

    Zamblera or Carroll.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #18

    we deperately need and this is just my opinion… definately a centre back(big,quick and a talker), defensive midfielder(organiser,nicky butt is gettin no younger),central midfielder(craft,guile, the killer pass)and a centre forward(viduka will play 40% games next season at best) comments i dont mind being slagged but that is what i think…

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Agreed normski!..

  • stk

    Jul 25, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #20

    keep krul, definately

  • LBToon

    Jul 25, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #21

    We are coming up on the last month of the transfer season at Newcastle. You can see the worried comments from fans that we will have a squad that is too small. My question is “too small for what”? By my count the club last year played 43 games (not including pre-season) and had a squad of around 30 players, though not all were available due to injury, illness, or personal problems. When one reads what football was like in the 40’s and 50’s (thanks to Dinosaur for the post), one has to wonder if fan’s expectations of how much time a player should play, and therefore the number of players needed on a squad, should be rethought. Though I don’t know the exact wages for NUFC players , if one assumes the squad earned the league average of £900,000 per player, per year, then for 43 games each player earned an average of £21,000 per game, or £13,953 per hour. I can’t think of a player that was in all 43 matches, so each player’s actual per game wage was much higher.

    Keegan is right on track with his comment on fitness. If by being in top shape the squad is able to maintain a high level of energy, then the need for extra players becomes less of an issue. Constantly signing a whole string of new players, when only a fraction perform to expectations is not only bad business, but also bad for team continuity. This coming season will see essentially the same squad together. Their knowledge of one another, playing styles, and unity should elevate their game to a higher competitive level. This alone is worth the same as least three new signings.

  • NUFC939

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Imagine if we signed Modric … we would all be praising wise and co … n looking forward to the new season … but unfortunatley we didnt and are now linked with crap players


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