Tim Krul Pushing Steve Harper For Number One Jersey

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.

Krul continued:

“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.

Tim continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • mala11883

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    i must say goalkeepers has probably been newcastles stongest feature over the years and its good to see we have a few young keeps who are very talented

    Earn A Gift

  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I have to agree with you there Mala11883, Krul still has some way to go but quite confident he’ll be up their with some of Castles greats.

  • tiki_toon

    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Harper has looked shaky with his kicking but deserves his chance.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Should start for me, Haprs has been anything but top class so far.

    Krul to start for me.

  • korn8

    Aug 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Have to agree with all three of you, lads tiki_toon, irie-Magpie & mala11883.
    There is a big potential in this young dutch gk.
    He also seems like a hardworking and humble guy who reckons how important Shay and Steve have been.

    Stay in there, Krul, you will get your chance.

  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Personally i feel forster is the best of the three but Krul should definitely be in front of Harps (sorry harps)

    God, i dunno bout you lot but i havent been this excited about our team in years! We already got gosling (big coup) Sol (lots of experience) Perch (hopefully comes gd) Tiote (our very own makalele) and now we could get ben arfa and robbie keane?!

    I feel like a kid again lol

  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Com on’ , @Magpietilidie – Gosling won’t be ready until late in the season but everyone else does excite.. can’t waite to see them in action. COM’ ON THE MAPIES.

  • rknufc

    Aug 27, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8
  • korn8

    Aug 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Same here 🙂

  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 27, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    @Magpietilidie – Gosling won’t be available until late in the season but, having these other players on board should definitely improve our chances to finish in the top 8.. come may. Com on the Toon Army!

  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 27, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Irie-Magpie & korn8, think you will find mala11883 @ 1 post will disappear. Don’t think he has owt to do with NUFC. Just promotion. mala where’s my i-phone?

    After years of waiting for the No.1 shirt, I’d be sad to see Harper being replaced by Krul. Krul is good, but loyalty to the club should also be shown and for that lesson, he doesn’t have to look any further than Harper.


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