Fraser Forster had another good game for the Reserves at Hull City last night, and it’s a toss up between Fraser and Dutchman Tim Krul, as to who is the back-up to new number one goalkeeper Steve Harper.
Fraser Forster – ready if called upon this season
But Fraser today says he is ready for his first-team chance should he be called upon during Newcastle United’s run-in, and another exercise is survival.
Fraser turns 21 on St. Patrick’s day and he and team-mate Tim Krul are currently alternating in the role as reserve goalkeeper following the departure of Shay Given in January.
Fraser had an excellent loan spell at Stockport County and we had quite a few of their readers comment on the blog that Fraser was in great form at Stockport and a lot of their fans wanted to keep Fraser for the season.
It also seems that Fraser is still growing, and the 20 year-old is now listed at 6’6″ tall, as he talked this morning to the official Newcastle United site:
“Of course it’s a little bit nervy when you’re on the bench,” “But that’s why we are there and if the situation arises then I’m ready.”
“Myself and Tim are currently sharing the number two position and the competition is good.” “It’s rare for a club to have two goalkeepers of a similar age and ability but it keeps you on your toes.”
“I’ve had a good couple of years and going out on loan to Stockport was an excellent experience.” “I’ve just got to wait for my chance here but that could be any minute of any game and you have to be prepared.”
We have two excellent young goalkeepers in Tim and Fraser, and with Steve Harper already playing well in the first team, we haven’t yet really missed Shay Given, since he elected to leave the club in January, after 12 years and 458 appearances at Newcastle United.