Tim Krul showed the many scouts at the Holland – England U21 game last night, just how good a goalkeeper he can become, with another clean sheet for Holland – just three days after his brilliant performance for Newcastle, in the second half at The Hawthorns.
Tim Krul - another clean sheet last night
Newcastle captain Alan Smith is a big admirer of the Dutchman, and is hoping Krul stays at St James’ Park to compete with No.1 Steve Harper for the goalkeeper position.
Last night the 21-year-old pulled off two superb saves for Holland, one from Micah Richards and the other from Junior Stanislas – in the 0-0 draw against England’s Under-21s in Groningen.
Andy Carroll came on for England after 71 minutes to make his debut at this level, and apparently there were plenty of scouts representing top-flight clubs at the Euroborg Stadion, with Arsenal, Portsmouth, Wigan and Hull all said to be there and keen on goalkeeper Krul.
But Krul – who has pledged his loyalty to Newcastle – was outstanding last Saturday, in what was only his second Newcastle appearance, and has as good a chance to be number one at Newcastle then at any of the clubs interested in him.
We fully expect the lad to stay on Tyneside, and it seems that’s what captain Smith wants to see too as he continued:
“He was phenomenal,” “I know there’s been a lot of speculation about his future, and big teams wanting to take him, but hopefully we can keep hold of him now.”
“He was outstanding. I know Tim’s a very confident lad. He’s probably put a few more million on his price tag, so hopefully he’s scared a few off!”
Caretaker boss Chris Hughton will assess Steve Harper – who suffered concussion – this week, before making a final decision on the goalkeeper for Saturday’s game against Reading.
But it could well be he will be extra cautious and give Steve the week off to ensure he recovers from his concussion.
So it looks like Time Krul could make his home debut on Saturday, and he has still to concede a goal when playing for the first team.
Let’s hope that’s still true after the game against Reading – and Tim will certainly get a great reception from the Newcastle fans.
“Steve’s got concussion, which is obviously a disappointment, because he’s a senior member of the squad.”
“He’ll probably miss Saturday’s game, as you have to leave it a week.”
And because of the goalkeeper situation at Newcastle, our third-choice goalkeeper Fraser Forster was denied permission to turn out for his loan club, Bristol Rovers, in their 2-1 Carling Cup win over Aldershot last night.
Forster is on a month’s loan at Bristol Rovers, and played in their 2-1 defeat against Leyton Orient over the weekend.