After Norwich City’s great 1-0 win at Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, the Norwich City manager has hailed the brilliant play of their on-loan goalkeeper from Newcastle United, Fraser Forster.
Fraser Forster – has been brilliant for Norwich all season
It was a close game at Charlton, and it took some goalkeeping heroics from Forster in the second half of that game to keep the clean sheet, and secure all 3 points at 5th placed Charlton.
Forster has three matches remaining of his loan spell from Newcastle, and it is probably the last time he will play for Norwich City, although the East Anglia club would take Fraser on loan next season in a heartbeat.
Norwich manager Paul Lambert talked about Fraser Forster, Newcastle 6’6″ 22 year-old goalkeeper:
“I don’t think there is a better under-21 goalkeeper going, I really don’t,”
“I get asked the question regularly. I am not telling anyone how to do their job, that’s for somebody else to do it, but in my view there’s not a better one about.”
“I think he will be world class – and that’s not putting pressure on the kid because I think he has been colossal. If there is a better one there, I’d like to see him.”
Forster has made 39 appearances for Norwich this season and has been in magnificent form all season, with about half those games ending in a clean sheet.
But Newcastle are keeping close tabs on their young goalkeeper, and Fraser manages to train early in the week back at Newcastle, and the coaches are well aware of his outstanding form.
In fact Steve Harper, Newcastle’s number one 35 year-old goalkeeper, recently said he knows he will have a formidable challenge from Fraser next season.
Paul Lambert continued:
“Try to keep him? Newcastle have just been promoted, he’s going back into the Premiership,” “You don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“They’ve got a terrific goalkeeper themselves up there at the moment, a couple, but their goalkeeping coach at Newcastle rates him highly.”
“So do I, because I think he has been brilliant. It’s just a pity he’s not Scottish.”
Charlton boss Phil Parkinson also thought the display of Forster was first-class last Saturday as he added:
“He was tremendous. He put in a great performance for them and well done to Norwich for getting promotion.”
“In the second half, we threw everything we possibly could at Norwich. We changed it round with substitutes and we threw Sam Sodje up front.”
“We just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.”
Newcastle now have 3 very good goalkeepers in Harper, Krul and Forster, and we have to think one of them will be sent out on loan next season.
Maybe this time it will be Dutch U21 goalkeeper Tim Krul who will get some games away from Newcastle.