There’s no doubt that Newcastle right now are well-blessed with goalkeepers.
Tim Krul – sees himnself as Newcastle Number One
We have the experienced Steve Harper, the perennial back-up to Shay Given, in great form this seaosn, and we have two excellent 21 year-olds in Dutchman Tim Krul and Hexham-born giant Fraser Forster, who stands a wee bit short of 6’7″ tall.
Only yesterday there was news about how well Fraser was performing at Norwich City on loan, and he had his 11th clean sheet yesterday when the Canaries won 1-0 at home against Brentford, and went top of League One, on goal difference and above Leeds United.
However, there are reports this morning that Norwich are in poor financial shape and may go into administration.
We probably cannot keep both our young keepers in the long term, but we should keep them for at least a year or so to see which of them develops into the better goalkeeper.
Tim Krul is not short of confidence, and he is one of the best young goalkeepers around, and has talked today about how he sees his future at Newcastle United, whom he joined when he was just 17.
“I will be too old to compete at the Olympic Games in 2012.” “But maybe I can join the squad as an over-age player.”
“My dream scenario is to be promoted this season and be Newcastle’s first-choice keeper in the Premier League next season.”
“I am on the right track and it’s time for the train to get going.” “It would be a dream come true to play regularly for one of the biggest clubs in England at the age of 22.”
“Many people thought money was the main motivation for me to come to England, but I assure you it was not the case.”
“I was 17 then and money was honestly not all that important to me.” “I came here to become the kind of goalkeeper I’ve always wanted to be.”
“It’s my dream to appear in the Premier League, and I’m still chasing that dream.”
It will be interesting next season, after Fraser Forster returns in the summer, to see which youngster will be sent out on loan – it could well be Krul next season, to get playing time, with Fraser Forster backing up Steve Harper.
And we’re sure Mr. Harper, who turns 35 in March, has no plans to give up the number one jersey anytime soon, not after waiting 12 years for his first team opportunity.