Even though Newcastle lost Shay Given to Manchester City 13 months ago, Newcastle are still well endowed in the goalkeeping department.
Fraser Forster – 6’6″ goalkeeper playing well at Norwich
Newcastle have 34 year-old Steve Harper having a very solid season, and back-up Tim Krul the Dutch U21 International, is one of the best young goalkeepers around.
And Fraser Forster, our Hexham-born 21 year-old is also a top prospect and has been playing well at Division One Norwich, who are currently top of the league and 4 points clear of Leeds United.
Newcastle have allowed Forster to extend his Norwich loan until the end of the current season – but is keeping tabs on the youngster.
The local lad turns 22 next month and Chris Hughton talked about one of his young stars:
“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.”
“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 (Krul) – clubs would be aware they are good young goalkeepers.”
However, both Tim Krul and Fraser Forster will need first team games to improve, and it’s an open question whether Newcastle can keep both young goalkeepers happy.
Fraser will be wanting more first team games, but whether Tim or Fraser can force their way past Steve Harper is an open question, but we think not – at least in the short term.
And Forster admitts he faces a major job in replacing Steve on Tyneside.
“Obviously I think I’ll be back to Newcastle because I’m just playing games here and getting experience,”
“I’ve got a long-term contract there, so I’ll be going back and hopefully pushing for the number one – but it’s not easy when there is Steve Harper there as well.”
“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Obviously I want to kick on and make it at Newcastle. If your football is going well it makes your whole life easy and if it’s not going well, wherever you are, life is not great. But I’m absolutely delighted to be here.”
It could be that Tim Krul gets to go on loan next season, but Feyenoord of Rotterdamhave have a long standing interest in the 21 year-old, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Dutch club makes a move for Tim in the summer.
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