Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has today said that talented 21 year-old Hexham-born Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster is not for sale.
6’6″ goalkeeper Fraser Forster – in demand
The 6’6″ goalkeeper has been in great form at Norwich City, where he is now on a season-long loan deal, and his form has seen Norwich rise to second place just 3 points behind leaders Leeds United.
As we have noticed over the last few weeks, a number of clubs seem to be interested in acquiring the young goalkeeper, who has made giant strides these last two seasons at Newcastle.
Stoke City and Arsenal are just two of the clubs that have shown an interest in the 21 year-old.
His loan spell at Stockport County, at the beginning of last season was a great success, with County wanting to take him for the rest of the season, but Newcastle refused that request.
But the lad is getting regular football and that’s good, so that when he does return to Newcastle, he will be pushing for a first team position, along with Dutchman Tim Krul.
Newcastle are well off in the goalkeeping department, even after losing the great Shay Given to Manchester City a year ago, with Steve Harper in terrific form, and Tim Krul itching for a first team starting position.
However, Hughton in no way is ready to let out other young outstanding goalkeeper leave Tyneside, as he said today:
“He’s under contract, and he’s not for sale.” “Fraser’s doing very well at Norwich.”
“Where we’re fortunate is that he comes back here a couple of days a week, so we’re still able to keep in contact with Fraser.”
“It’s not a case that he’s gone on loan for a year and will only be watched occasionally, and we don’t see him.”
“We’re seeing him very regularly, and very fortunate in the two young goalkeepers we’ve got.”
But the Newcastle staff have long been aware that they have a gem in Fraser, as we remember well, in late 2007, then manager Sam Allardyce surprised everybody, by saying that Forster was pushing for a first team position at the club.
Chris Hughton continued:
“There would be teams watching him, as there will be teams watching all young players.”
“Every club has a scouting system, and that’s what they do, but we’ve not heard anything.”
“For me, that’s normal. It’s not a problem.” “What would happen is exactly the same as Tim – clubs would be aware they are good young goalkeepers.”
Fraser has so far played 21 times for Norwich City, with at least 10 clean sheets by our reckoning, and it looks like he’s conceded about 13 goals while in the Norwich goal.
On previous loan spells played 4 times for Bristol Rovers and 6 times for Stockport County. He will be in the Norwich City for this afternoon’s home game against Brentford.
We’d be daft to let this lad go at this time.