Powerhouse Glasgow Celtic are hoping they will be able to tempt Newcastle manager Chris Hughton to let them have 22 year-old star goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, on loan this season.
Fraser Forster – another loan spell this season?
Fraser had a terrific season last season at Norwich, and helped them get promoted to the Championship, but perhaps Chris Hughton would prefer the budding star be loaned out to a Championship club rather than going north of the border.
But there’s no doubt the very promising youngster wants first team games next season again, and he has patiently waited for Newcastle to make their move regarding his future for this season.
Fraser said today:
“I want to be out playing first-team games and getting experience, but obviously it’s up to the manager, and I’ve got to respect his decision,”
“If I go out on loan again, that’ll be brilliant. I just want to play football, especially after last year at Norwich.”
Celtic manager Neil Lennon is ready to try to persuade the Newcastle club to part with the services of their young goalkeeper, after receiving some glowing reports about the young keeper’s loan spell at Norwich last season.
Former Celtic star Paul Lambert is manager at Norwich, and thought that Fraser was a budding and maturing world-class goalkeeper, based on his displays last season for the Norwich club, where Fraser kept over 20 clean sheets.
But he is currently third-choice keeper at Newcastle behind Steve Harper and Tim Krul, and didn’t even seen any action for Newcastle in pre-season, although he may have had a niggling injury that kept him side-lined.
Since Tim Krul is currently pushing Steve Harper hard for the first team goalkeeper position at Newcastle, it would seem to make sense to loan out Fraser for the season, with the proviso that he can return to Newcastle should wither Steve or Tim be injured.
That will allow Hexham-born Forster to hone his immense skills away from Newcastle, and he can come back next summer and see where he stands in Newcastle’s hierarchy of very good goalkeepers.
Chris Hughton has said before that he sees both Tim and Fraser staying at the Newcastle club and fighting it out for the number one jersey, once Steve Harper hangs up his gloves, but that may not be for a few seasons yet.