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Krul Could Make Newcastle Home Debut On Saturday

1:55 pm, Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 by Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

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.

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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.

Smith continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Fraser Forster · Newcastle News · Steve Harper · Tim Krul





6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ashton // Aug 12, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Smith should be our permanent captain imo he got leadership qualities which we desperately need at the moment

  • 2 Robby Bobson // Aug 12, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Its good that we have been blessed with such great keepers, but i think Harper should remain between the sticks.

    Krul is an amazing talent and clearly a brilliant shot stopper, but occasionally showed a few weaknesses and was eratic on crosses and his kicking was pretty poor. This will come in time, but for the moment i think the Harper is the more reliable experienced choice.

    For example if Krul plays, makes a mistake and costs is a goal at 21 it good get in his head and knock his confidence so i think he should be brought in slowly this season, like in Carling Cup games and such.

  • 3 shrews mag // Aug 12, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    I was sitting in the BIrmingham Road home stand (next to a mate who’s a season ticket holder) right behind Tim Krull on Saturday.

    The whole of the home end were on their feet when he stopped those shots with fantastic reflex saves …

    Great shot stopper … not the finsihed article but a fantastic prospect.

    Hope he gets a great reception on Saturday. I cannot be there but already got tickets for Crystal Palace … in the proper end this time …

  • 4 Jan Stavik // Aug 12, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Could make?! Should make would be more appropriate, Ed.

  • 5 jckie15 // Aug 12, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Drop shola for ranger against reading!!! shola was shocking again! only good thing he done was kick harper in face, fair enough krul was a bit eager to distribute the ball, but awesome other than that! people are saying he is a great shot stopper but he is also this and that which wil lcome with age……i would rather he was in the harper! its all well and good harper being able to pass the ball out but thats all that he can do….krul does him on the shot stopping without a doubt, and his no fear approach to claiming the ball on corners is better than harpers too…harper just stays routed to his line! occasionally comes out but still ballses it up anyway!

  • 6 Nick D // Aug 12, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Bobby Robson -what the hell are you on about?
    I doubt Harper would have saved any of those 4 chances against WBA.

    He came out for one or 2 crosses because that clown Colocinni left his man time and again.
    Krul has a superb kick on him, so I don’t know what match you were watching.

    He’s 21 now so you can’t keep dropping him. This is his time.

    With Krul for Harper
    Lua Lua for Spidey
    Ranger for Shola
    Kadar for Colo

    we’re on the way.




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