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