It’s not often you get a youngster come out and praise the man who’s keeping him out of the first team.
Tim Krul – praises Steve Harper
But that’s what’s happened today as Time Krul, the Dutch Under-21 goalkeeper of the future at Newcastle, who played very well yesterday at QPR, has done today, as he has praised Newcastle number one Steve Harper.
Tim told the Evening Chronicle today about Harper:
“He’s done extremely well this season, and I can’t say much more than praise him.” “He’s still one of the top keepers in the game and in the Premier League.”
“He’s been there for me – he’s not just for himself.” “I’ve not played a Premier League game yet, and that’s always been my dream.”
“Hopefully, that comes true next season. I’ll try hard to get some games, but I’ve got a hard man to beat.”
Krul – who is now said to be a target for Serie A side Juventus this summer, will also have 22 year-old Fraser Forster joining him, when pre-season starts in July.
It wouldn’t be much of a move for Tim to join Juventus, with 32 year-old Gianluigi Buffon at the club, and one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and likely to play until he’s at least 40 years old.
However, Tim is (and should be) very ambitious, and he wants the number one jersey at Newcastle, and there is already a rivalry growing between Tim and Steve.
Tim Krul continued:
“I always want to play, and the manager knows that.” “We spoke to Harps, and they said the QPR game was mine.”
“I’m really pleased, especially with the way it went. I’m really happy. I have to thank Steve and goalkeeping coach Paul Barron as well.”
“Before the game, Steve just said to me, ‘compose yourself – don’t do anything crazy, and everything will be fine’.”
“Luckily enough, everything went well. It’s great to keep a clean sheet, and hopefully next year I can do something in the Premier League.”
We have to think that say in five years time, when Tim will likely be the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle, his goalkeeping coach could well be Steve Harper himself, who we have to think will end up at Newcastle as a coach, in some form or fashion.
The longest serving player on Newcastle’s books – 17 years at the club – would be welcomed back as a coach at his home-town club – but he’s still got a few seasons left as a top-class goalkeeper at Newcastle.