Now that Shay Given is playing his football elsewhere, our two outstanding young goalkeepers, Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, have been getting more attention at the club, and right now they are rotating in being the substitute goalkeeper to Steve Harper.
Great shot of Tim Krul – our Dutch Under-21 goalkeeper
We signed Tim from ADO Den Haag, his home town club, in the summer of 2005, when Graeme Souness was still manager at Newcastle, so he was signed long before Mike Ashley put a much greater emphasis on bringing young players, from all over the world, though the Newcastle United Academy.
Tim talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I know at any second I could be pitched into a relegation battle.” “At the moment I am training with such high intensity levels.”
“You know you could in there at any point.” “I just need to keep focused. It doesn’t matter who it’s against.”
“Even if it happens against Arsenal in the last five minutes, you’ve got to be ready for it. It’s hard, but we’ll see what happens.”
Krul’s loan experiences at Carlisle this season, and Falkirk last season, have helped the young keeper enormously in his football development. He played 22 times for Falkirk and 9 times for Carlisle, and in both cases, the reports had him playing very indeed, and the youngster has already represented Holland 3 times at the Under-21 level.
Krul, who will turn 21 in early April, has played just once for Newcastle, and made his debut in the UEFA Cup game on November 2, 2006, away to Palermo. He was the man of the match in the 0-0 draw on that night in Sicily, and he got rave reviews for his performance, from both reporters and then Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder.
But the 6’2″ tall Tim has not played since, except for some pre-season friendly games, with both Shay and Steve Harper in his way, but he could now become Newcastle’s number two, and he believes he has that chance at Newcastle.
Tim does play for Newcastle Reserves, and he played in our 2-1 win against Everton Reserves on Monday night at Whitley Park, but the crowds at those games hardly compare with the games he played at Falkirk and Carlisle, or on that night in Sicily, back in 2006.
“It’s a lot different playing reserve-team football compared to League One.” “But the reserve team is still a good standard.” “The young lads are coming through now, there are a lot of third years and 17 to 18-year-olds who have made progress.”
“When I was 18 I loved playing reserve-team football.” “It’s a good level and when you look at the fact we have been playing on a difficult pitch, we’re doing a good job.” “I’m rotating each match with Fraser Forster in the reserves and on the bench in the first team.” “I’m just waiting for my chance.”
“If something happens I have to be ready.” “I’m patient, patient and even more patient at the moment.” “I have had a mixed season, reserve team, at Carlisle United and on the bench for the first team.” “But it’s part of the game.”
“I am frequently reminded of my UEFA Cup appearance against Palermo some seasons ago.” “I just can’t describe the deafening noise that the fans in the stands created.” “It was painful to the ears.” “It’s about time to turn the page and begin a new chapter of success.” “I’m ready to get to work.”
There’s not much to choose between our two young goalkeepers right now, but we think most fans would probably side for Tim as the number two right now, should Steve Harper be injured.
But it’s very close, and Fraser Forster also played fantastically well at Stockport County in his loan spell earlier this season, and many Stockport County fans commented on this site, they would have loved to have kept Fraser there for the season.
Both lads seem great professionals, and Tim surprised a lot of Newcastle fans last summer, when he was linked with Feyenoord, by saying he just loved playing at Newcastle United, and didn’t want to leave.
We like lads like Tim.