Krul Needs First Team Football For International Place

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:

Tim said:

“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.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Good prospect,Can’t expect him to start if Harper is fit.

  • MickyD

    Sep 5, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    I expect krul to no1 at newcastle in a few seasons we should play him in all the cup games as we should with all the other young1’s he commands his box well and we seen that at west brom I like this lad and i hope his daft coach dosent put things into his head and unsettle him.

  • thud and blunder

    Sep 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I dont think this Cor Pot bloke realises how good a keeper Steve Harper is. Harper could have easily been in Englands squad if he had been a regular at Newcastle for a few years. Krul is good but still very raw. Im afraid he will have to wait his turn.

  • Rorycn

    Sep 5, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    To be honest i see this as a positive, He’s more likely to get games for us than playing for one of the ‘bigger’ teams that could take him. And he loves it here.

  • Big Dave

    Sep 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Lads I cant see him getting 1st team games for a few years yet except for cup games, and I just hope Krul starts thinking he is better than what he is as he is still some what raw

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Silly comment from Dutch coach. Harper has been outstanding this year and has many traits that Krul lacks (including positioning sense) that means he doesn’t have to rely on the spectacular to get him out of trouble (as Given can be inclined to do as well) . Harper should be in the England squad as he is way better than the mistake prone regulars, and I suspect had he been anywhere but NUFC he would have been. I suspect if our defensive record stays as solid as it is (and we are in the top 2) he will get the World Cup call up.

    Tim, you are definitely good, but Harps is still the man!! Stick around, watch him and learn, then when you do get into the Dutch 1st team you won’t blow it. Injuries have habit of conspiring against NUFC, so stay fit and focused and your chance will come.

  • alkinou

    Sep 5, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    It seems Newcastle have really good keepers. I can’t believe a guy with Harper’s talent stayed at Newcastle even with Given at No. 1 spot.

    Is it still possible for Harper to get an England call-up? I trust him more than any of the other English keepers.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 5, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #8

    he was playin’ for their kids without even gettin’ a game???..

    …Who cares what some dutch coach thinks, especially when it’s so typical?..

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 5, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #9

    bang on mate!..
    …All the pundits are goin’ on about ‘who’s the best english goalie’?..
    …Harper has gotta be up their with best?..

    …Like it really matters whether they play in the prem or champ?..

    …Quality is quality!..

  • gorskino10

    Sep 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    To be honest he seems quite level-headed and has seen he is backup for Harper who he knows is not that young if he stays he will be No1 when Harper Retires which is probably the best chance to get to the Holland main squad as if he left many clubs will be using him as the backup too.

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Definitly some one we should keep.. Harper is too reliable to be ousted anytime soon. Krul is talented and will probably be the choice keep in 2011… Hats of to steve Harper!!

  • workyticket

    Sep 5, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #12

    “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.”


    Holland begged Edwin Van Der Sar to come out of international retirement at 38, so I don’t know why Pot is trying to imply this is a specifically English thing. Basically he’s full of sh*te.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 5, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #13

    workyticket // Sep 5, 2009 at 3:52 PM
    Totally agreed.

    If he say so, then he should JUSTgave kurl a chance in the seinor team for any friendly.
    But he didnt, Why?

    Doesnt matter why he still called up Van Der Sar.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 5, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    JinkyGenius totally agree what do you think as a surprise choice for world cup that’s if we keep winning and not conceding, Newcastle united football club & all of its employees should do what they can to try make this happen he deserves all our help for being our most loyal player in recent memory.

  • toons4eva

    Sep 6, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #15

    krul is set to become one day a truely great goalie……but 4 the time being i hope he realizes his potentials and learns a few thing from our experienced shot stopper harper so that one day he can turn out to be a top goalkeeper and that too possibly with us…….i would rate him as in the same bracket as shay given for his shot stopping ability…well maybe a notch below him….guess no one can match our given s shot stoppin ability…..but as we have seen he z raw and will only learn afta playin many games….one of the things dat a goalkeeper should learn is about his positioning….d rest are natural to him……so with games he z gonna improve and i see him as the replacement to our eva loyal harper in the near future!!!!


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