Chris Hughton has still to decide which one of his two outstanding young goalkeepers will be sent out on loan next season.
Fraser Forester – could be back up this season to Steve Harper
Where’s his shin guards?
Chris talked about the two youngsters today:
“One of the things which we are considering at the moment is whether we should allow Tom Krul out on loan next season and keep Fraser here.”
“We’ve had interest in both of them and they are both two very good young goalkeepers. We are trying to assess all our different options and we shall see what the best offer is.”
“You have to take a lot of factors into consideration. What is the best deal for the club and what is going to be the best option for the player. We have to think about their development and what they are going to take the most benefit from.”
“We shall work with all three of the goalkeepers in Ireland and they will be very much a part of that, but we will have to make a decision before the season begins. At this moment in time, no decision has been made.”
Forster had a fantastic season at Norwich last season, and Norwich boss Paul Lambert said if there was a better goalkeeper available for the England U-21 side, he hadn’t saw him, and then added that Fraser was a world-class goalkeeper in the making.
That’s some compliment, and come to think of it England needs a world-class goalkeeper these days, like we’ve had in the past in the form of Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton, to name but two.
And some at Newcastle are said to believe Forster could even turn out to be the better goalkeeper of the two, and be the one to eventually replace Steve Harper, but Hughton is just pleased to be given such a tough task, because he has two outstanding young goalkeepers he will need to develop further.
Chris continued and talked about Fraser:
“He is a better goalkeeper for that experience with Norwich, but we already knew that. He still trained with us fairly regularly last season and we kept a close eye on hom. “
“So we know how he has been coming along. I have to say, Norwich and Paul have been fantastic. They were very keen to take Fraser back this season, but respected our decision.”
There’s a little bit of a hint there that Chris told Lambert he couldn’t have Fraser again, maybe because the odds are that he could stay with Newcastle next season.
Of course we remember when Fraser Forster was mentioned in late 2007, by then manager Sam Allardyce , who said Forster was actively fighting for the first team jersey – and Given and Harper were both at the club then – so it was a bit of a suprrise statement from Sam, but tells us how good Fraser was even then.
Newcastle are also keen to send 19 year-old striker Nile Ranger out on loan to a Championship club, so he can get some games under his belt, and propell his career forward, much like Fraser has done at Norwich.
Nile was left out of the last couple of England U-19 squads, so he will be keen to get back on track with his very promising career.