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Hughton To Keep Both Forster And Krul At Newcastle

11:23 am, Saturday, May 1st, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will have a tough decision to make this summer, with what to do with his three goalkeepers, following Fraser Forster’s brilliant loan spell at Norwich City.

Fraser Forster - fantastic season on loan at Norwich

Forster has been tipped as a future world-class goalkeeper by Norwich boss Paul Lambert and Fraser may get an England U-21 cap come September.

Chris Hughton will want to take a look at Fraser over the pre-season before deciding what to do with Fraser Forster and our other 22 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Tim Krul has stated more than once recently that his aim is to be Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper next season, so the likelihood is that Fraser will go out on loan again – maybe to Glasgow Rangers, who have expressed an interest in the Hexham-born player.

Chris talked about Fraser today:

“Fraser has had an excellent season at Norwich and we have been kept up-to-date with his progress while he has been down there.”

“We rate him very, very highly. We are very fortunate in that department. Steve Harper has had a fantastic season, but we also have two excellent young goalkeepers in Tim Krul and Fraser Forster.”

“It is difficult on one hand because there are three of them, but Tim and Fraser are still developing and it will be interesting to see how they develop over the next couple of years.”

“We rate them both and we will decide what we are going to do when the time comes, but we want to keep them both, that’s for sure.”

“Loan deals are something we can look at because Fraser has benefited from his time at Norwich and Tim has also gone out on loan in the past and enjoyed it. It’s a really nice problem to have.”

The best thing Newcastle can do is to keep the players at Newcastle for as long as possible, and then gauge which one develops into the better goalkeeper, and then they will stay on at Newcastle as the new number one.

Right now it’s a toss up as to who could become the better goalkeeper between Tim and Fraser.

We also have Steve Harper wanting to hold onto the number one jersey for as long as possible, after playing back-up to Shay  Given for some 12 seasons, so he’ll not be looking to hang up his gloves any time soon.

So it’s an interesting – but good – problem to have at the club – and we’ll not even mention young Jak Alnick, who at 16 is already a regular in the Newcastle Reserves side. :D

Comments welcome.



Tags: Fraser Forster · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Steve Harper · Tim Krul



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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 CanaryRick // May 1, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Congratulations on your promotion and the way you made it look easy!

    Fraser has done a great job for Norwich this season and his game has progressed immensely, but he still needs to work on his kicking.

    Would he get regular first-team football at Rangers or would he warm the bench? He would certainly be first choice keeper for Norwich if he comes back, but this time in the Championship and could progress his game further.

    Good luck in the Prem next year!

  • 2 Howay The Lads // May 1, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    He shouldn’t go to Rangers, there is literally only one team, that would be as good as anyone else in the Championship. Doesn’t make sense

  • 3 Robbanufc // May 1, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Thanks CanaryRick, and congratulations and the best of luck next year in the championship!

    Wouldnt mind if one of Fraser or Tim would be loaned out to a championship side next season, and since fraser has done a great job at Norwich, I would think he’d be wanted there again, and progress even more!

  • 4 Xenarious // May 1, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Going to anyone in the SPL would be a set back to to being able to get a loan in the Championship. The quality is higher and the competition is fierce in the Championship.

    Norwich have already said they want him for the Championship. Let him go there for a season and show us that he can make a step up to Championship level.

    I’m sure you’re familiar with Tom Cleverly? He was loaned to Leicester City last season when they got promoted and has now proved himself in the Premiership and worked his way into the England Under-21s. The same goes for Arsenal’s Henri Lansbury, who is at Watford too and has made the step up to Under-21 level after a loan at Scunthorpe last season, who got promoted from the playoffs.

    Going to Rangers would be diabolical, the state of the SPL is woeful. Haven’t you been watching the news about the state of Scottish Football?




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