Not very surprising news today that 22 year-old Dutch U21 International Tim Krul intends to stay at Newcastle United next season and challenge 35 year-old Steve Harper for the number one jersey on Tyneside.
Tim Krul – will again go head to head with Steve Harper
If recent news reports recently are to be believed, then Newcastle will allow the impressive Fraser Forster to go out on another season-long loan deal, and clubs are already battling it out for his services.
Leeds United recently indicated they were after the Hexham-born goalkeeper, and Norwich City would like him to spend another season at the East Anglia club.
Fraser was outstanding at Norwich last season and the players voted him Player Of The Season and he also had 20 clean sheets, only one short of the record set by Kevin Keelan in the 1974-1975 season.
Of course Steve Harper had 21 clean sheets at Newcastle in the league last season, and broke the record that was set back in the 1992-1993 promotion season.
Norwich and Leeds finished first and second in League One respectively and will be playing Championship football next season.
Tim Krul talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“It’s all about building up more experience, and next season it gets harder in the Premier League,”
“But if I can get more games for Newcastle, that would be brilliant. At the end of the day I want to be a Newcastle player.”
Tim made 6 starts for Newcastle last season and two sub appearances when Steve Harper was injured, and whenever he played for the side he looked a very good goalkeeper.
Tim also epitomized our current crop of players, as he has often waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club, the fans and the area, and as he says above – he just wants to be a Newcastle player.
That attitude made a huge difference last season, and we think it will also help the Newcastle side next season, when they are back with the big boys.
Good Newcastle teams have always had great spirit, which really epitomizes Tyneside, and is shown all the time by the Newcastle faithful.
With a few good quality additions to the squad this summer, we have to hope the lads can finish mid-table next season, and then push on from there.