Newcastle United In Good Shape Right Now

Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has come out today and said that Newcastle are well off for top goalkeepers right now.

Steve Harper – future Newcastle coach?

Newcastle have two good 22 year-old goalkeepers and a star in the making in 16 year-old Jak Alnick, and he has likened things at Newcastle now to what they were about 12 years ago with Steve and the great Shay Given young keepers at Newcastle.

Steve told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Fraser and Tim are very similar to me and Shay, only at an earlier stage.” “There could be a battle on there for years to come at this club, and if it pushes them on to great things, then so be it.”

Harper also feels the competition he is getting from the young goalkeepers  Tim Krul and Fraser Forster at the club, is helping to keep his own game at the highest level.

Steve continued:

“I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity, so I’m going to work my socks off to make the most of it.”  “There are two very good young goalkeepers right behind me keeping me on my toes.”

“There are a lot of things I’m working hard on with Paul Barron, and the two young lads, Tim and Fraser, who are improving every day.”  “They’re really improving, and have a big chance for the future.”

What we really like about the current situation with the goalkeepers at Newcastle is that they all seem to get on well and help each other, and that particularly is coming from veteran Steve Harper.

Steve knows what it’s like to be number two, but he always had a great working relationship with Shay Given, and the two goalkeepers pushed each other all the way.

Newcastle have two Hexham-born goalkeepers at the club at the moment,  and as well as Fraser Forster, 16 year-old Jak Alnwick was also born in the Northumberland market town.

Jak is the brother of Spurs keeper Ben who started his career at Sunderland, and Jak has already played many games at the Reserve level for Newcastle, for one so young.

We expect Norwich to be able to get Forster on loan again for a second successive season in East Anglia, and from what we can tell their supporters will be delighted if that happens, with Fraser coming in second in their recent Player of the Season vote.

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is a huge admirer of the 6’6″ goalkeeper and said:

“He’s been brilliant for us.” “If there is a better English keeper in the Under-21 category I’d like to know who.”

We agree with Steve – we are well off for goalkeepers – so any transfer news that Newcastle are after a goalkeeper this summer – which we’ve in fact already seen – are  just rubbish.

Now to strengthen other positions at the club – like full-back and central midfield – and then we’ll really be in good  shape.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • wickywoowoo

    May 15, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #1

    While it is great to have this problem, it was bad enough with Given and Harper. Harper came off the total loser with so few games over his career.

    We now have Harper on top with Krul and Forster chasing and Alnwick only a few years away from joining in, not to mention Soderberg and god knows who else.

    Some WILL have to be sold. I doubt we can loan out about 3 goalkeepers per season and they all be happy about it forever more.

  • WLtoon

    May 15, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #2

    If the keepers putting pressure on Harper are that good,SH better not drop too many clangers otherwise he could find himself back in the reserves for ever more,lol. Krul is good enough and by all accounts Forster is even better,so play well stevie boy.

  • baro

    May 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #3

    My favorite keeper on Newcastle is Tim Krul. Because of his brilliant saves. He is never flat footed. Always on his toes and is ready for anything. Since Harper is really old but still is good. Play Tim Krul he is only 22 and has a long way ahead of him. Tim is going to be 10 times better than Steve Harper. They are about 15 years difference.

  • wickywoowoo

    May 15, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Tim Krul is also as useful on crosses and long balls as Stephen Hawking.

    Sensational shot stopper in the vein of Shay Given but his all round game leaves a lot to be desired in the games I have seen of him, which is most of the games he has played so far.

  • Captain Beefheart

    May 16, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s the little mistakes that will sink us this season, and we made plenty of them in the Fizzy but most went unpunished – this is all about to change so it will ask questions in all positions (especially down the right).

    Could someone explain why we would gladly loan out Forster, when it is Krul that badly needs match practice to get his all round game together? Any loan should only be for half a season anyway, and reviewable before renewal. It makes more sense to me having Harper and Forster in the squad, while securing Championship footy for Krul, surely?


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