Can Newcastle Keep Both Krul and Forster On Tyneside?


One area that the Newcastle club seem to be well covered in, is the goalkeeper position.

Fraser Forster – in great form for Norwich

Even since Shay Given departed to ply his trade at Manchester City a year last January, Steve Harper has come into the Tyneside side these last 14 months, and done very well indeed, to say the least.

Steve has proved something we had thought for a long time, that Harper was a top class goalkeeper who was not fulfilling his full potential at Newcastle, because he just wasn’t playing enough when Shay was at the club, racking up 462 appearances over 12 years.

But Steve wanted to stay on Tyneside, and he’s now playing regularly and well for his home town club, which he’s been part of for almost 17 years now.

Paul Barron is the coach responsible for the goalkeepers at Newcastle, and today he talked about the futures of the two goalkeepers currently behind Steve in the pecking order on Tyneside.

Tim Krul and Fraser Forster are leading the way, and both young  goalkeepers look top notch. Fraser turned 22 years old on March 17th and Tim will be 22 on April 2nd.

Quite honestly, we are not too sure who would be the number two to Steve, if both were now at the club, and challenging each other for the back-up position.

Paul said today:

“Tim has been playing for the Dutch Under-21s.”  “He’s played six games in qualifying, they won six and beat Spain along the way.”

“He kept clean sheets and then conceded a goal in the last one. I’ve been to see him play in a few games and he’s done very well.”

“Fraser is on loan at Norwich and he’s on fire down there. He’s kept 19 clean sheets. He’s been outstanding.”

“We’ve got the younger ones as well, Ole (Soderberg) is back from injury and working hard and Jak Alnwick and Ben Robinson are coming through and doing well.”

“It’s all smiles at the minute. We just have to make sure it keeps going that way.”

We don’t know how long Newcastle can keep both young goalkeepers on Tyneside, because they will soon need to get games, and lots of them to improve and gain experience.

Fraser had been getting good playing time at Norwich, where he’s racked up 33 appearances at the East Anglia club, and from all accounts he ‘s been just great, but Tim on the ohter hand has had very few games this season.

Tim has started 5 games and made a couple of substitute appearances for the Newcastle first team, and that’s just not enough playing time for an up and coming 21 year-old goalkeeper, who many predict will take over from 39 year-old Dutch stalwart Edwin van der Sar, when he finally hangs up his gloves.

So both Tim and Newcastle will soon approach a time when either the club will need to send Tim out on loan so he can get some games, or else Tim elects to move on, if his burgeoning career does not start to become stagnant.

Of course what Tim wants to do, and he’s made it quite clear,  is to oust Steve Harper for the number one position at the Newcastle club next season.

We’re not sure what will happen with these two young keepers, but from a selfish Newcastle point of view, we’d like to keep them both at the club,  just as long as we can.

What do you think about this situation?

Comments very welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • kimbo

    Mar 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Just been to get tickets for Sheff UTD game I buy 2 student and 1 adult tickets for the game all season I have never paid more than £50.00 for tickets just paid £63.00 ,lad selling tickets said price has gone up because the tickets are selling well.Well done Ashley shot yourself in the foot again do you ever learn.

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  • babyrasper

    Mar 31, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Why not just loan both Forster and Krul out to the highest placed club available that will give them first team football and have Ole or Soderberg on the bench for first team games but also playing reserve and u18 football. Stick a recall option on both Krul and Forster then if Harper gets injured the club can recall whichever it favours. PLus both can get experience of first team football and then the club can decide who is the long term replacement for Harper. Im not sure which.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 31, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Was a bit diappointed with a free kick forster let in a while back, and otherwise not really seen enough of him.

    Krul we know is the business and if we get promoted soon, I would like to see him get some tailend games this season.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Mar 31, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #4

    babyrasper you need a backup keeper,hope krul stays and bides his time.Loan forster to norwich for another season.Hope in the long run we can keep both

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  • MickyD

    Mar 31, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #5

    I think tim krul is better than frazer foster but we will just have to see

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 31, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Time to get Fraser & Krul up to the Championship on loan. Get a recall provision on for PL, FA & League Cup duties.

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  • Bucks mag

    Mar 31, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #7

    I haven’t seen Forster play, but from the reports I’ve read he’s very highly rated.
    I’ve seen quite a bit of Krul, in highlights and live, and he’s looked fanatastic. I’m pretty convinced he could be the next Van der Sar. Needs to work on communication with his defense and ironing out mistakes in his game to my mind.
    I would probably like to see Forster get it as a Geordie, but a nice problem to have all the same.

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  • richietoon

    Mar 31, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #8

    3 good keepers,you can only keep 2 happy.look to the future,sorry Harps(just my opinion)

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  • Sav

    Apr 1, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t do any harm to be 6’7?

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 1, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Rotonda heights dont think krul will get a game this season, and why i think that is, the clean sheet record for the season.

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  • babyrasper

    Apr 1, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    NUFCLITE – course you need a backup keeper. But whats wrong with having your two backup keepers on loan playing regular first team football if you have a recall option so they can come back as soon as your first choice keeper is injured? Its true you might have a bit of inexperience for part of a game, but the keeper you recalled would be match fit, and used to playing regualar games and therefore more experienced. Makes sense to me anyway

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  • ende

    Apr 1, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed mate, I think I’ve seen this article headline 3 times already 😉

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