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.