21 year-old Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul is the latest player to pledge his future to Newcastle United, after Steven Taylor, Damien Duff and Habib Beye have come out since Sunday and said they are going nowhere.
Tim Krul – determined to be number 1 next season
And we understand Alan Shearer will meet with the agents of Seb Bassong today (that the schedule at least), and we should hear soon if the Frenchman is willing to stay at Newcastle.
If he is, that in itself will raise the spirits of the Newcastle faithful, who after Sunday’s surrender have been decimated and despondent about relegation.
Shay Given was only 21 when he came from Blackburn and started in the first team in the first game of the 997-1998 season, as first choice in the game against Sheffield Wednesday that we won 2-1 (I was at that game).
And while Steve Harper is one of the players Alan Shearer will look to for leadership next season, Alan has no favorites when it comes to team selection, as Michael Owen found out.
With Shay Given leaving in January, that has ended Tim’s uncertainty about his future at the club, and quite honestly it wouldn’t surprise us too much if at the end of the coming season, he’s number 1 at Newcastle.
Certainly 34 year-old Harper will be pushed hard next season by both Krul and Fraser Forster – two top-class young goalkeepers.
And the 21-year-old Dutch U21 International, who has been linked with Feyenoord and Chelsea in the past, has no plans at all now to leave Newcastle – a club he has openly said he just loves being a part of.
Tim talked from his home in the Netherlands yesterday, to the Evening Chronicle:
“I don’t see any reason to leave Newcastle United.” “Why should I?” “It’s my first priority to start the new campaign as first-choice goalkeeper.”
“I am willing to take up that challenge.” “We want to get back to the Premier League as soon as possible – and I hope to play a major part in it.”
Tim Krul also seems to have been mightily impressed by Alan Shearer during the last 8 games, even though Alan at the end of the day was unable to save the club from relegation.
Tim knows very well he will get a fair shake from the Geordie and England legend next season.
Tim talked about Alan:
“He has made every possible effort to avoid relegation.” “Shearer is a fine coach and a strong character that is above the squad.”
“I hope he will stay as at Newcastle.” “It was a dramatic finale to the season.” “We had realised for some time that disaster could strike, but it’s a shame we have not been able to avoid the dreaded drop.”
“At half-time we were informed that a goal might do miracles, but, unfortunately, it was not to be.” “Relegation is a devastating blow to the club”
“I think Newcastle will have to start from scratch.” “Relegation did not come overnight. Four coaches were in charge here in one season, which speaks volumes.”
“Yet, at the end of the day, the squad is responsible.” “We have enough quality players, but somehow we never operated as a team.”
Good words from Tim, and it’s really good to hear our younger players talking to the press and committing themselves to the club.
Fraser Forster also recently signed an improved 5 year contract at the club, after Celtic had made a strong inquiry about the youngster.
Relegation of course offers these lads a much better chance to break through to the first team sooner than if we’d be in th Premier League.
We have to say we get the distinct impression that quite a few of our top young guns will take that opportunity with both feet next season. Hope so anyway.