Goalkeeper Tim Krul Stars Again For Holland U21 Side

Our star young Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul saved a penalty to preserve his unbeaten record in the European Qualifiers as Holland Under-21s made it three wins in a row with a 4-0 win over Poland in Kielce.


Tim Krul – saved a penalty top preserve unbeaten status
Tim has yet to concede a goal in the qualifying games but then Poland were awarded a spot lick after only 20 minutes of the game.

But Krul saved Patryk Maecki’s  shot and with the game goalless, that helped set the tone for a great display by Holland, and Ricky van Wolfswinkel, of FC Utrecht, hit a a hat-trick with FC Twente’s Nicky Kuiper scoring the other goal.

The victory sends Holland to the top of their group and the winners of each group are guaranteed a place in the finals in Denmark in 2011.

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Callum Morris – been at Newcastle since the summer of 2006

And news that another of our youngsters, 19 year-old center-back Callum Morris played the full 90 minutes as Ireland U21s were held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Waterford.

Callum had previously played for the Ireland U19 side, so this is a natural progression for the youngster.

One thing we are sure about is that there were plenty of scouts at the Holland U21 game, and it is an open secret that Tim is one of the best young goalkeepers around, but he seems happy to wait his chance at Newcastle.

However, the lad is ready to play and he will advance his career by playing week in week out, so it may be that he is sent out on loan in January, with Fraser Forster, currently on loan at Norwich, maybe coming back to back-up Steve Harper.

Tim must get some games under his belt – for his own good, as he looks to keep learning his trade for what looks like a great career ahead of him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • ArtyH

    Oct 14, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Krul needs to play or we will loose him.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Oct 14, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    While I agree that this young man is going to be an outstanding keeper i don’t believe he’s honestly ready yet. A loan move may potentially be the best move for him at this point to gain regular experience but i wouldn’t start with him over Harper in any game that relates to our promotion push at this point.

    I dont mean to sound particularly negative but seeing as virtually everyone else has been so keen to press on his qualities I think its only necessary to outline what needs to be worked on.

    On set pieces and crosses coming in to the box in my experience seeing him he has seemed to flap at balls and look very unassured at times. At times his distribution especially under pressure or when a quick break could have resulted have been pretty poor at times.

    One thing im sure about is that at his age with gaining confidence and experience these problems will be overcome. The lad is happy to be at this club and I think given the choice would gladly wait a season (likely to be more) to gain a full first team berth. The issue however will be if Fat Mike is still in charge as I can see him cashing in at some point, which would really be a massive shame as i can see him holding the number one jersey for many years in the future. Right now Harper is are number one and deserves to be for the foreseeable future..

  • G

    Oct 14, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree with that. Whilst Krul looks like a solid keeper, he is not yet the finished article. Give him another 2 years and he will be fantastic though. I would loan him out for another season, to perhaps Holland, Belgium or Scotland so he can get some first team action.

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 14, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree with G!..
    …Again!.. 🙂

  • G

    Oct 14, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Twice in one lifetime Punk, who’s of thunk it? lol

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 14, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Hey mate, i think you’re pretty much on the ball, as it were!..

  • buda boom

    Oct 14, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Its beyond belief that he does not get more starts for the first team. I appreciate that you try and keep a settled back four and keeper but what must a young player do to get a game.
    He will want to be the Dutch keeper and if he is not playing first team football he will be out the door. All international managers are telling players that this week look at Northern Ireland.
    We have to keep our prized assets and let the older players go. That is ashleys’s vision. the only thing he got right in three years

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 14, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s still a bairn, he’s not gonna be 1st choice for the dutch yet for a while, relax!..

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 14, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    All managers say whatever, when ever, to fit with their actions…I wouldn’t hold to much stock in their collective rhetoric man!..

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 14, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s ALL spin, to out spin the spin machine, that is, the media!..


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