Fraser Forster has had a great season on loan at Norwich City this season and Norwich manager Paul Lambert has called him a world-class goalkeeper in the making.
Fraser Forster – future world-class keeper
The Norwich City fans have been pleading with Forster to spend another season on loan at the East Anglia club.
Fraser’s father Brian, who is a barrister in the Newcastle area, has talked about his son and how the Norwich City fans are trying to sway Fraser to stay at the club.
“He did ring us up after the game and said the fans had been singing, ‘one more year, Fraser,’ so he is aware how much they think of him,”
“That is great to know and it has probably helped him so much. He has had a brilliant time down there – that is the word he used. It’s really up in the air and it depends on Newcastle and what they feel is right but I know this season could not have gone much better for him.
“We’re based up in Newcastle so it’s a five hour drive to come down and watch the games. We’ve been a couple of times and we’ll be down for the Carlisle game when they are presented with the trophy.”
“We watched the Charlton highlights on the Football League show and that seemed to go quite well – although it probably looked even better with the way it was put together. We’ve obviously seen the other side as well when games haven’t gone to plan in his career.”
Norwich manager Paul Lambert has often waxed lyrical about the 22 year-old goalkeeper, and wonders why he has not been capped at the England U-21 level.
But Forster senior thinks his son has his feet firmly on the ground and can deal with the compliments that are being showered on him at Norwich.
Forster senior continued:
“He is a very laid back character and takes most things in his stride,” “He has always been perhaps one of those who takes things as it comes so he won’t take too much heed of what anyone might say or however much praise he gets.”
“When Glenn Roeder was manager at Newcastle they got into the UEFA Cup and he was on the bench a number of times and the season before this one he was on the bench for about 30 games behind Shay Given.”
“As a family we are not really football-oriented and we thought he was doing quite well to be selected on the bench but, of course, you realize that he needs to be playing games for his development and so on.”
“It’s great for us that he was picked up by the local team in the area. He played rugby originally but was selected for Newcastle schools and through that he went to Liverpool on trial but broke his foot so the trial didn’t come to anything.”
“He was then invited to Glasgow Rangers and after that Newcastle came in for him.”
Forster senior also said they thought the one month loan spell at Bristol Rovers would be extended, earlier in the season, but at the last moment Norwich came in for Fraser, as there was presumably some financial hitch in Forster staying at Bristol Rovers.
The 6’6″ keeper had already agreed a second month long loan stint in the west country until Norwich City came in with a very late approach.
Forster’s father talked about the surprise late bid from Norwich:
“He was down at them for a month or so and Newcastle had agreed I think for him to go for another month,” “I had booked him on an EasyJet flight at 7am that morning when Newcastle rang up and said Norwich had come in.”
“I think it came down to the financial side of things as well and they probably also felt he would gain more experience playing in front of a bigger crowd every other week.”
“They told him not to catch the plane and get into a car and drive to Norwich. He’d had six weeks or so at Stockport the previous year where they had come up against Paul Lambert so he obviously remembered Fraser and I think he was quite taken with him.”
So there you have it – Fraser has been in great form for Norwich City this season, and Newcastle now seem to have an embarrassment of riches in the goalkeeping department with 35 year-old Steve Harper, Dutch U-21 goalkeeper Tim Krul and Hexham-born Fraser Forster.
And that’s just over a year after Shay Given departed Tyneside, after playing 468 games over 12 years for Newcastle – the best goalkeeper ever to wear the Newcastle number one jersey.
Exactly what happens now to our two 22 year-old goalkeepers at Newcastle next season is now an open question.
Over to you Chris Hughton. 😀
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