It’s hardly surprising that Chris Hughton has lots of confidence in Newcastle number two goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Tim Krul – gets extended run in first team
Unlucky Steve Harper underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday, and is expected to be out for around 12 weeks, but he also seems determined to get back just as quickly as he can.
So Dutch U21 International Krul will get some three months of regular first team football at Newcastle, all being well, and this is a massive opportunity for the youngster.
It’s what Tim has been waiting for over the last 18 months or so, and he has an opportunity now to show he is the future Newcastle United number one goalkeeper.
Tim will be between the posts this Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park against Stoke City, in a game that is being beamed live around the world, as Newcastle try to get their 3rd win on the trot, after magnificent victories against Everton and Chelsea, away from home.
Newcastle manager Chris has great confidence in the 22 year-old Krul and told Sky Sports today:.
“That confidence has really been built on not just the fact that when he has come in, he has done very well, but on what we have seen here from him over the period of time he has been here,”
“That’s the biggest aspect because we haven’t seen him so much as regards the first team on the football pitch.” “But we are very confident in his ability and we are quite sure he will cope very well.”
It’s tough luck on Steve Harper, to be sure, and Steve seems determined to come back just as quickly as he possibly can, and hopes to beat the 12 week period the doctors have said it will take him.
This is what Steve said today:
“I was told it could be four months, but I was determined to stay positive until we’d had a clear diagnosis,”
“We have been told three months, so it will be now up to me and the medical team to get down to work and chisel as many days off that as possible.”
“We have got great medical staff here and they know that me even being in the medical room for more than five minutes usually sees me banging my head against the wall, so three months will be a long time.”
“There will be the proper protocol, of course, but I will be looking to be back as soon as possible.”
Steve Harper will be at the game on Sunday, and of course being the great professional he is, he will be pulling for his under-study to do well. Tim is just a great lad, and he’s never made any secret of the fact he loves the Newcastle United club, and that it his dream to be the number one goalkeeper on Tyneside, for years to come.
Tim listens carefully to what he is told by both Chris Hughton and goalkeeping coach Paul Barron, and of course he also gets lots of advice from Steve himself.
Newcastle fans will be hoping that Tim can step up to the plate for the Newcastle side, in such an important season, but we have huge confidence in this boy, and we’re sure he’ll do himself and the Newcastle club proud over the next few months.