It shouldn’t be too surprising that the race to sign Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster next season on loan, is heating up.
Fraser Forster – in great demand
From all reports Fraser had a magnificent season with the Canaries last term, and it’s not surprising the 22 year-old is attracting other clubs like Glasgow Rangers, but today there is news that Leeds United, back in the Championship for next season, want him.
Leeds yesterday released their Danish number one goalkeeper Casper Ankergren, and it’s only natural that there are open questions as to who Leeds will bring in for the very important season coming up.
Forster is being mentioned in addition to Arsenal’s 20 year-old Polish youngster Wojciech Szczesny, as two goalkeepers Leeds manager Simon Grayson is interested in.
Arsenal’s Szczesny made 28 appearances for Brentford during his time on loan last season, and Forster played 41 times at Norwich City to glowing reports from the Norwich City fans down there.
Forster was the players’ player of the season at Norwich and he has already said he’d be happy to stay at Norwich next season, but of course that decision is in the hands of the Newcastle club. Fraser also seems to be still growing as he is now listed at over 6’7″ tall.
Norwich City’s players’ player of the season has already publicly stated he would welcome going back to Carrow Road next season, but the final decision on that rests with Newcastle boss Chris Hughton.
Norwich manager Paul Lambert has hailed Forster as a future world-class goalkeeper, and wonders why he’s not in the England U21 side – and that’s a good question.
Newcastle are well off for goalkeepers, with 35 year-old Steve Harper having just finished an excellent season between the posts for the promoted Newcastle side, and Dutch Under-21 goalkeeper Tim Krul was the understudy last season.
We’ll not even mention Jak Alnick, the 16 year-old, who is the younger brother of Ben, the current back-up goalkeeper at Tottenham and started his career at Sunderland.
Jak has looked great in the Newcastle U18 and Reserve sides this season, and is yet another one for the future at Newcastle.
It will be interesting to see where Fraser ends up next season, as the likelihood is that he’ll be sen tout on loan, at least for next season, and then at some point Newcastle may have to decide between Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, although both seem more than happy on Tyneside right now.