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Tim Krul – Great Atmosphere In Newcastle Squad

1:56 pm, Saturday, August 29th, 2009 by Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Tim Krul

37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jordi // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Would’ve thought you’d deem Harper as a better role model than Given Ed. Deserting a sinking ship isn’t exactly the best example to follow.

  • 2 baro // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Tim Krul and Haris Vuckic will change this team

  • 3 baro // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Tim Krul is a beast

  • 4 Big Dave // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    baro i think he will make a good keeper but he is still young and still tends to flap a bit

  • 5 baro // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Does anybody have some takeover news form the New York group

  • 6 Big Dave // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    jordi i dont see anything wrong with Given as a roll model and he was loyal to us untill Ma ripped the place apart, i wouldnt blame him for getting sick of the way things were being done.

  • 7 baro // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Will Haris Vuckic play against Liecester City on Monday since xisco and ameobi are out.

  • 8 AngerOfTheNorth // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    It’ll be years before we stand a chance of winning silverware.

    Given was too old to stick around that long, so good luck to him at Man City.

  • 9 dave 1961 // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    baro the takeover news is there will be no take over, and there’s no new York consortium it was a hoax

  • 10 baro // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:25 PM


  • 11 chuck // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    On Shay, The Toon has never had a better servant throughout the years and were it not for the chaos and missmanagement of the club would undoubtably still be here, but like many others was driven out by the present economic policies at the club.
    He is but one of a group of our best players who have all been sold, most for less than their fair value.
    What i am saying is your cheap shot at Shay was really uncalled for.

  • 12 tooneskimo // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    From the info I heard Given’s agent was told by Lamearse to put a transfer request in on behalf of the player, ie. they wanted to sell him more than Given wanted to go.

    Don’t forget guys Great North Bike Ride the morn.

    Don’t be shy…..cheers ;)

  • 13 jordi // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:36 PM


    It wasn’t a cheap shot. I don’t blame Given for going. I blame him for going when he did however, in the middle of a relegation battle.

    But a better role model would surely be Harper who probably had chances to get 1st team action elsewhere but wanted to stay and play for the club and try for the no 1 spot. That’s what Krul should be encouraged to do.

    This is all my opinion and I’m not forcing anyone to agree. Shay could’ve waited til the end of the season to leave and Harper is a better role model for Krul.

  • 14 Big Dave // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    chuck I still cant believe all wee got for shay like imo he is and has been the best and ifnot one of the top 2 goalies for the last few years, and we give him away. but i blame bypass joe for that one

  • 15 Big Dave // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    I see the under 18s got a right old 5-0 hammering by watford

  • 16 jordi // Aug 29, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Big Dave

    The lads were probably saving themselves for Monday’s game… ;)

  • 17 AngerOfTheNorth // Aug 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Under 18′s? Most of our 16, 17 and 18 year olds are training with the first team now surely…

  • 18 Tino 11 // Aug 29, 2009 at 3:17 PM


  • 19 Tino 11 // Aug 29, 2009 at 3:17 PM


  • 20 toonoholic // Aug 29, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    i saw the highlights of newcastle vs huddersfield. I have always been raving krul as a super hero or #1 but after that game , i thin krul needs to learn when to come forward to gather the ball as all his 3 goals where the result of that. If he had stayed in for the 3rd one, there was no chance rhodes would have scored it .

    krul is a beast though !

  • 21 Dragonera // Aug 29, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Nice to see Cardiff losing. Their confidence needs denting.

  • 22 jordi // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:04 PM


    Nice to see the mackems losing as well. Cheers Kitson!

  • 23 dave 1961 // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    just hope ours does not go, as we could drop like a meteor. when we get beat we will see how good Chris is or is not however the case maybe.but if someone near me shouts for him to be sacked i will kick them up the a*se.

  • 24 dave 1961 // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Saturdays are awful without football can you imagine life after Ashley’s finished

  • 25 Kevin // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Cardiff and Boro both losing.

  • 26 Turkish Magpie // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:44 PM


  • 27 toonoholic // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    cardiff losing
    boro drawing
    wba are winning

  • 28 Dragonera // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Cardiif and Boro losing, West Brom drawing.These are fantastic results for us. All we need is a point to go top.

  • 29 toonsy // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Dragonera, yeah but we’d much rather have a win!

  • 30 jordi // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    And Sunderland have lost.

    Good results all round! :D

  • 31 Dragonera // Aug 29, 2009 at 4:55 PM


    Yeah course, lol! Im going to be honest though I have a bad feeling about Monday.

  • 32 toonsy // Aug 29, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Drangonera, Me too mate. For some reason i think it wil go against us. Add to that its my bro-in-laws birthday monday and all my in laws support Leicester i stand to lose a bit of bragging rights!

    My usual anti Newcastle safety bet may come into play. Nothings sorts bad karma out more than me losing money!

  • 33 will die for the toon army // Aug 29, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Good weekend though Spurs won but it wld be good if we win and go top for the long holiday for internationals.
    Team for the Foxes:
    Krul, Butt, Kadar, Geremi, Don, LuaLua, Virkic

  • 34 Here We Ngo Baheng // Aug 29, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    So we’re into the last 72 hours of the transfer window now and the kids we’re going to be relying upon have received a second hiding of the season already (the other being a friendly with Leeds).

    This isn’t the kind of consistency we needed.

    At least we can enjoy leading the way come Monday night before we get even more injuries.

  • 35 Ross // Aug 29, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    Alright lads, just watching Arsenal/Man u here. It’s ridiculous to think we had the opportunity to sign Arshavin only a matter of months ago, he’s a fantastic little player. For me, he’s the difference between Arsenal challenging for things and not if im honest, he hasnt been there long but he’s their main man for me. That Vermaelen (sp?) looks a pretty impressive CB also.

    As for monday, i’m in the same boat as a few others in that i’m slightly worried. This will be the test down to the fact that we’ve always said “what happens if we get injuries?”..well our main goalscorer and his backup are injured, along with one of our only players who will pick the ball up and run at defenders (albeit Jonas’ final ball is poor!)

    Whats everyone thinking RE signings over the weekend? Personally I’m not expecting anything sadly. 10 out 1 in is ridiculous but there doesnt seem to be any movement from us what so ever. God knows what we’ll find in the rags the morrow but im not confident of strengthening sadly.

  • 36 Kevin // Aug 29, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Ross, the only signing i can see happening is lovendrands – the others mentioned are all loans which can be wrapped up after the weekend. but sooner rather than later please!

  • 37 Big Dave // Aug 29, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Ross your right about arshavin i think he will be a real important player for them in the same way ronaldo was for manure.

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