Norwich manager Paul Lambert has made no secret of the fact he is trying to tie up 22 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, so he can play next season in the Championship.
Fraser Forster – Newcastle 6’6″ goalkeeper
Norwich City is where Fraser played for the majority of last season, and received rave reviews in East Anglia for his performances.
But loan deals are generally done late in the pre-season, and if Paul wants the Newcastle club to commit to lending out Fraser to Norwich right now, then he should probably go out and get another goalkeeper.
Certainly if Chris decides to send out Fraser again on loan, there will be no lack of takers for the so promising 6’6″ Hexham-born goalkeeper.
Norwich manager Lambert said today:
“I can’t leave it much longer, that’s for sure.” “I have been on the phone with Chris virtually since the season ended so we have to wait and see.”“We have to try and keep the options open.”
“You can’t just concentrate on one thing because he is not our player, he is Newcastle’s player and he is going to be a top goalkeeper.”
“It’s not as easy as some people think and we just have to wait and see.” “There is no doubt Fraser is going to be a huge goalkeeper.” “Newcastle have another goalkeeper there who is in really good form.” “We can’t do anything if other teams come in for him.”
“There are loads of factors to it, it’s not just easy saying we are going to get him and some managers saying he must be coming back to Norwich. There are millions of things that can go wrong and basically he is Newcastle’s player.”
The very fact that Lambert waxes lyrical about Forster only ensures that Chris Hughton will want to take a good hard look at the goalkeeper, when pre-season starts next week.
Depending on how Fraser performs in pre-season, it could even be that Hughton will want him to back up first team goalkeeper, Steve Harper next season at Newcastle, and send Dutch U21 International goalie Tim Krul out on loan.
One thing against that, is after Fraser has tasted so much first team action last season, he will hardly want to spend his time on the bench at Newcastle. Fraser played 42 times for Norwich last season and four times at Bristol Rovers earlier last season, before joining the East Anglia club.
This is just one of the things that Chris Hughton has to sort out this summer, in addition to bringing some new players to Tyneside, to strengthen the Newcastle squad.
Finally, Fraser also has a good chance to be called up for the England U21 squad early next season, as England try to rebuild from this summer’s World Cup disaster and disgrace.
Certainly England will need to find a new goalkeeper, plus some other players who can actually perform well on the big stage, when they pull on the white shirt of England.
We seemed to have precious few of those with those characteristics in South Africa recently, that’s for sure.