Tim Krul has said today that he is ready to stay at St James’ Park this summer and become number one goalkeeper at Newcastle next season.
Tim Krul – determined to be Newcastle number one next season
The Dutch Under-21 international had been half expected to leave for pastures anew in the summer, to continue his development as a budding top class goalkeeper, as he looks to take over the Dutch number one jersey once Edwin van der Sar finally retires.
But Krul wants to stay at Newcastle and was asked if he thinks he can unseat Steve Harper at Newcastle next season:
“Yes, I believe I can.” “Steve Harper is the club’s preference now, but I will continue to fight for a place at Newcastle.”
“The Premier League is a step up and much tougher physically, so I have to ensure I continue working hard on my fitness and my game.”
“I’ve had conversations with the manager, Chris Hughton, which have left me with a good feeling.”
“I’m not yet done at Newcastle United.”
It’s hard to fault the Dutchman’s attitude as he’s such a good goalkeeper for his age, and he he could probably be number one at some other club.
But the lad wants to make it on Tyneside, and Tim has often waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club and how he loves it on Tyneside.
It looks like the battle for the number one jersey on Tyneside will be a keen one for the next couple of years at least. But with Steve Harper having spent so long at the club backing up the great Shay Given, he’s not going to step down easily, and certainly Steve has been great this season for Newcastle.
It looks like Tim wants to stay on Tyneside, but for his own good he may well be given a loan spell at some other club in August, if it looks like Steve will continue as number one at Newcastle.
And we haven’t even mentioned our other top 21 year-old goalkeeper Hexham-born Fraser Forster, who is currently on loan at Norwich City and getting rave reports.
Norwich City are currently a full 7 points ahead of Leeds United in League One and look certain to get promotion.
We are not short of good goalkeepers at Newcastle, that’s for sure, even after Shay Given left, and it will be interesting to see who is number one next season – hopefully when we are back in the Premier League.