Newcastle United back-up goalkeeper Tim Krul has said he is very prepared to continue to play the waiting game at St James’s Park.
Tim Krul - willing to compete this season for his place
The Dutch Under-21 keeper made only his third start in midweek against Huddersfield Town in the Carling Cup and will start the game at Peterborough in the next round.
Krul told the Evening Chronicle:
Of course I want to play, but I think it’s going to be a long season.”
“Opportunities can come at any time and you know you are always just a heartbeat away from a piece of the action.”
“It was a great experience to play in the Carling Cup and I want to do it more.”
Tim Krul says that the great start to the campaign by his team-mates and Harper’s form bin goal has made for an excellent and enjoyable atmosphere in training.
The 21-year-old added:
It’s been fantastic. We said before the season we wanted three clean sheets in the first five league games, and we’ve already got them!”
“We’re doing really well with 10 points. I don’t think many people expected that. The run we’ve had is fantastic, and hopefully we can extend that.”
“Not many clubs can beat Newcastle United. Of course you’ve got the top six, but I think Newcastle is still up there.”
“You saw the fans at Crystal Palace – 3,500 sold out. It’s fantastic, especially at a difficult time.” “That just shows what Newcastle’s all about.”
What we saw on Wednesday is that Tim is a great shop stopper, much like Shay was.
The youngster needs to work on when to come out for a ball coming though to him, as there were 3 cases on Wednesday night where he came out for the ball, and was caught in no mans land.
To some extent he was also exposed by our central defenders in that game, but that skill and judgement will all come from playing games.
But that’s one area of his game where he scope for improvement, and we’re sure he will, because he’s good at taking crosses and his attitude is just superb.
The lad is always positive and of course he loves the club, and Tim will know he’ll need to improve and get better throughout his career.
Certainly Shay Given is a terrific role model for him to follow, and Tim has years and years to go in his football career – goalkeepers can last until they are 40 years old these days – if they take care of themselves.
We expect Shay Given to be playing in 7 years time when he turns 40.
Of course we shouldn’t finish this without mentioning we also have another excellent 21 year old goalkeeper in Fraser Forster, who will get first team playing time at Norwich for the next month, while on loan. We’ll be checking regularly on Fraser’s progress in East Anglia.