Tim Krul had another appearance for Newcastle on Wednesday evening, and looked very good in that second half, when Stanley could have scored more then the two goals they got.
Tim Krul – pushing Steve Harper for number one jersey
Tim Krul, who surprisingly has never yet played in the Premier League, said today:
“I am getting older, I am 22 and I just need to prove myself when I get the opportunities.” “Am I getting closer? I don’t know. I hope so. I am hoping we stay in the Carling Cup as long as possible because that is where I can show what I can do.”
“I think I am pushing Steve more and more. That is all I can do. I need to push, push, push and then it is up to the gaffer to make the decision.” “I have to be ready when my chance comes. Palermo was four years ago.” “It was a good start for me, as was West Brom in the first league game last year.”
“Hopefully, I can achieve my dream this season and that is to play in the Premier League, which I have not done yet.” “I am ready. I feel ready and I just have to keep knocking on the door.”
Keeping Krul happy over the next couple of seasons will be difficult for Chris Hughton, if Tim cannot make the step up to the first team, and it’s not too dissimilar to what’s going on with Shay Given and Joe Hart at Manchester City – although Joe Hart has a lot more experience than Tim, because he’s been loaned out more – and has already played 168 first team games at various clubs.
Tim has 40 first class games so far in his career, and is almost exactly one year younger than Joe.
It is Tim’s ambition and potential pitted against Steve Harper’s seniority and experience that makes the tussle for the number one spot on Tyneside so interesting, but that doesn’t stop the very professional Harper from encouraging Tim and giving him hints and advice along the way.
“The team’s target is just to stay up, but for me my target is to make the breakthrough this season.” “I want to play at the highest level I can and you cannot get any higher than the Premier League.” “That is what I am going to do if I get my chance. I am lucky. I had Shay Given and Steve Harper looking after me at the start of my career and now it is Steve.”
“He looks after me, even though I would like to take his place as soon as possible. That is why I am here at Newcastle, to win that one place.” “It is good competition for both of us, but he has to keep fighting me off.”
“Steve has been a fantastically loyal goalkeeper and Newcastle fans love that, but I am here to take his place as soon as I can.” “Before the Accrington game he just said ‘Enjoy it and do well’ and he always gives me tips.”
“Steve has been in the same position when he was trying to fight for a place with Shay Given so he knows what it is like. I am fighting him for that position.” “He has to fight to stay in the team and I have to fight to get him out of it, as that is the nature of football.”
Krul was beaten twice at Accrington Stanley on Wednesday night, and there were one or two moments in the first half when he looked a little hesitant, and that was simply his lack of experience showing through.
But then in the second half he was very good and very busy, and according to their manager, John Coleman, Tim made three or four world class saves to keep Stanley out.
But there’s no doubt that Tim is an excellent goalkeeper in the making – none at all.
“I suppose I have not done my claims any harm and in the second half I was really busy. We expected a difficult game and that is what we got.”
“There were good goals from both sides, but it was a brilliant night in the end and the important thing is we are in the next round.” “It was vital to follow up one good result with another and we did it with the young lads who put in a great shift.”
A lot will depend on how Steve performs this season for Newcastle, and any drop in his form will give Chris Hughton selection problems – so we’ll just have to see how the duel goes in the next few months – and we’ll also be keeping a check on our other young goalkeeper, Fraser Forster up at Celtic.
But Tim would appear to be the future number one goalkeeper at the club, it’s just how long he will have to wait to start the job.