Leeds United After Newcastle Goalkeeper Fraser Forster

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Ericles

    May 18, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Clear off Leeds.

  • G

    May 18, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #2

    A bit harsh Ericles, a season long loan in the championship may be just what the doctor ordered for FF. If he does develop the way we would like to beleive he is developing, he can only come back a better keeper?

  • Ericles

    May 18, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #3

    A loan would be a good idea as long as there is a clause we have him back if we have an injury to either Harper or Krul. How many of us are happy about seeing a number of players being loan hunted when we have not even a complete squad for competing in the Premiership.

  • G

    May 18, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed Ericles, we need the return clause. To be fair, we are going to have to loan FF or TK out this season, or risk losing them.

  • Ericles

    May 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    I reckon alternate season loans for FF and TK and Ranger too with the same clause for a season.

  • cgrizzly87

    May 18, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Ole Soderberg?

  • jesus was a geordie

    May 18, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree Ericles, and to be honest, I’d rather send them to Norwich again ’cause that loan last season was perfect for both parties!

  • Xenarious

    May 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    A season out on loan in the Championship would mean that FF would be in contention for the U21s, as Pearce regards that as a high enough level for a keeper to be showcasing his talents.

    I dearly hope he doesn’t go to Rangers. The competition there is the same as League One or lower, and he has already shown he is too good for that level. Not to mention that they have a Scottish international as their first choice ‘keeper anyway, so that may work against him going there.

    A loan out for Krul and to keep Forster as the backup is an idea. But Krul would have to go to a high level team. I’d imagine a team in the top level of the Dutch league would take him if no Premier League teams came in for him. On the flip side is if he does really well there then he will feel he is too good to be sitting on the bench anymore. Plus we also have to consider that he is really up for fighting for the No.1 spot.

    Therefore, I think loaning FF out to a Championship team is the best move, it is a much higher step up in quality than League One or the Scottish League. The U21 manager Stuart Pearce is more likely to be watching him if he is playing in the Championship too.

    As others have also pointed out, a recall clause would need to be put into the contract, for obvious reasons.

  • Ericles

    May 18, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    I just have a feeling that Frazer Forster is the man destined to be NUFC’s number one keeper one day.
    Perhaps I am biased but one of my female Northumbrian ancestors was a Forster.

  • G

    May 18, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #10

    You are not alone with that belief Ericles, having whitness both TK and FF play, I think FF is the keeper most likely to push for the number 1 jersey. Not taking anything away from TK’s ability, but when I watch FF he looks far more mature and composed.


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