News today that new Burnley manager, Wallsend-born Brian Laws, is keen to take Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster on loan next season to the Turf Moor club.
Fraser Forster – Norwich and Burnley both interested
There is always talk between Newcastle fans about which of our two 22 year-old goalkeepers should Newcastle let go and which one should they keep at Newcastle.
But the fact is that Newcastle want to keep both goalkeepers for the future, and have them fight it out much like Steve Harper and Shay Given were going after the number one jersey, with Shay being the one who played a lot more games than Steve.
But both goalkeepers really need first team action at this stage of their careers, and Newcastle manager Chris Hughotn will need to decide which one goes out on loan and which one backs up current number one goalkeeper Steve Harper next season.
Chris talked about this this morning to the Newcastle Journal:
“Keeping goalkeepers happy is always a difficult one because it’s a position you tend not to change very often,”
“But it’s a good problem to have because we have two very good young goalkeepers in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul.” “Certainly a lot of clubs would like to be in the position we’re in.”
“Whether I should send Fraser or Tim out on loan next season is one of the decisions I have to make. They’re the normal decisions for a manager to have.”
“Fraser’s had a wonderful season at Norwich and gained great experience along the way, while Tim played very well for us in the last week of the season.”
Newcastle also have 19-year-old Swede Ole Soderberg and 17 year-old Jak Alnick on the books, and both these goalkeepers also look to have big futures in the game.
Newcastle will decide whether Fraser or Tim go out on loan, and maybe to balance things out, Tim should be sent out on loan so he can get a season of first team action under his belt.
But we also know that Forster may be a little unhappy to be back on the bench next season, after playing 42 times for Norwich and 4 times for Bristol Rovers last season.
This is just one problem Chris Hughton needs to solve with some of our very good young players.