Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been told he will need to be playing first team football to have any chance of playing for the full Holland side.
Tim Krul – no step-up to full level until first team player
Holland Under-21 coach Cor Pot has talked about his concern about the amount of first-team football he expects Tim Krul to play this season for Newcastle, and is not too happy about the Newcastle situation.
Pot said last night:
“I’m not too happy about Tim’s situation at Newcastle United,”
“They seem to prefer experienced players rather than young talents in England.”
“Tim will have to make appearances at club level to be selected for the national teams.”
Newcastle will hardly be pleased with Pot’s comments or the criticism of the club’s willingness to play youngsters.
Tim had a great performance in the last 45 minutes of the draw with West Bromwich Albion in the first game of the season.
But Krul has started just one match since then , the League Cup clash with Huddersfield Town, and 3 years after being signed from ADO Den Haag, he still hasn’t made his full league debut for Newcastle.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper has been in great form this season, with two crucial saves against Leicester City last Monday night, and it will be difficult for Tim to oust Harper any time soon.
Tim is currently the Holland U21 captain, and he put in a great performance against England last month, and is considered to be the country’s future first-choice goalkeeper.
Krul was linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal after his West Brom performance, and Tim seems unconcerned about the situation:
“The Dutch always want you to play, and the Championship’s still a fantastic league to play in,”
“They won’t have any problems with that at all.”
It can be unsettling when coaches at International level see it only from their viewpoint, and these comments by Pol are less than helpful to Newcastle at this point.