Newcastle number one goalkeeper Tim Krul is in action tonight in the UEFA Under-21 European qualifying play-off for Holland against the Ukraine.
Tim Krul - captains Dutch U21 team tonight
And while Newcastle manager Chris Hughton hasn’t got many players away this week on International duty, Tim Krul is a very important player for the Magpies right now, with Steve Harper out injured until December.
Tim plays in the second leg of a two game play-off at the Valeriy Lobanovskiy Stadium, with the Netherlands already 3-1 down.
Tim has thankfully recovered from a minor knock he picked up in the first leg, and no doubt Newcastle fans will be hoping the 22 year-old remains uninjured after tonight’s escapades.
If Tim was injured tonight, we suppose Chris would need to play untested 20 year-old Swede Ole Soderberg, unless they could rush through an emergency loan deal – probably for Shay Given. And the only other goalkeeper at Newcastle right now is the highly rated 17 year old Jak Alnick.
And if Newcastle haven’t got something in the offing should Tim get injured in the next couple of months – they should have worked something out – just in case.
Plan for the worst and hope for the best.
Krul will captain the Dutch side and he talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I hope to have nothing to worry about.” “I am feeling good at the moment. I just have to look after myself.” “I know what is more important, it is playing in the Premier League for Newcastle.” “However, these games have always been a good opportunity for me in the last two years.”
“It has been a busy week, but it is good to see the lads from the national team.” “We can still qualify for the European Championships so I will focus on that first – it is great to think what we could achieve with this team.”
“Then we have to take positives into the next home game against Wigan.” “I am with the under-21s, and that is a break, but we have to get back to winning games in the Premier League too.”
Newcastle are coming off a two game losing streak but most fans would agree the lads have had no luck at all, and with some luck could have even won both games against Stoke City and at Manchester City.
“It was disappointing to lose two games like that.” “Fair enough, against Stoke we were not good enough, but I thought we were good enough against Manchester City.”
“If we play like that, we will not have to worry. We outclassed the most expensive team – it was a great game.” “It was just a shame we could not claim a draw.”“We have to be careful – we thought we could beat Stoke and Blackpool.”
“We have to go into the game like we did against Manchester City – we did not have any nerves.” “We have to have a great attitude. We just have to stick together. In this league, anything can happen in a split second.” “We need a win against Wigan and then a result at West Ham.”
We have to admit to being just a little bit concerned that Tim may be injured tonight, and we have to hope he comes through the game fit for Saturday, although he will not return to the Benton training grounds until Thursday.
It’s certainly not the best of circumstances for Newcastle’s only fit goalkeeper, who has first team experience at Newcastle.