One of the highlights of the game on Saturday was the competent performance of 22 year-old Dutch keeper Tim Krul in the second half.
Tim Krul – big push to be number one
Tim started off by making a terrific point-blank save from the dangerous Dzsudzsak on 61 minutes, and then handled one or two crosses in expert fashion and certainly seems to be one confident goalkeeper.
And Tim has just signed a new four year deal at the club he’s often said he doesn’t want to leave, and Tim has waxed lyrical about the club and its fans – and of course we just love having lads like Tim at the club.
Tim talked about his Newcastle ambitions:
“I always said my dream was to play in the Premier League and I would love to do that with Newcastle. It’s going to be a great four years and hopefully it will lead to me becoming the next No 1.”
“I have to keep pushing Steve (Harper). He knows what it’s like for me. He always says, “Tim, I’ve been in your shoes, I have done it”. It’s good to be patient.”
Before the second half began on Saturday Tim was warming up the Leazes end with goalkeeper coach Paul Barron and then Steve came out to join them.
Tim and Steve were talking away and they obviously have a great relationship – just like the one Shay Given and Steve had for many years.
It’s a great relationship yes – but still very competitive – with Tim saying he wants first team football and Steve saying he wants more seasons as the Newcastle number one.
But competition like that is of course exactly what we want and need at a club like Newcastle, and Steve will have to be on top form this season if he wants to stop Tim from eventually taking over the goalkeeper jersey – and he knows it.