Tim Krul Destined To Become Newcastle Number One Goalkeeper


Tim Krul joined Newcastle in the summer of 2005, when Graeme Souness was manager of the club and Tim was just 17 years old.

Tim Krul – Newcastle’s 6’2″ goalkeeper

Of course since that time, Newcastle have invested much more energy and funds into finding the top youngsters around the world.

Since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007, and Chairman Freddy Shepherd was finally ousted from the job he had held for 10 years, Newcastle have had a strategy of getting good youngsters to the club, and then developing them on Tyneside.

And so far it seems to be paying off  quite well with players like Haris Vuckic, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Nile Ranger and others seeming to be first team players of the future, and we’ll not even mention Andy Carroll.

Krul has played for all the Holland Youth teams through to the U21 side,  and he is now in a position where he can challenge to be part of the full Dutch squad.

It turns out Tim’s big break came when then Chairman Freddy Shepherd had Newcastle scouts at the European Under-17 Championships in Tuscany, Italy in May of 2005, and Tim impressed in the Netherlands goal.

Krul talked to the Evening Chronicle:

“We lost the final 2-1 to Turkey, but I did well and Newcastle came in for me.” “I think they were at the tournament because they wanted to bring in some younger talent for the future.”

“I had been with Den Haag, my home town team, from the age of nine but I was not under contract.” “Coming to Newcastle was a no-brainer.”

“I jumped at the chance. I think they paid £250K  in compensation because Den Haag had developed me but that was it.”

Tim has done well at Newcastle, and he has continually said the only thing he wants to do is to become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, and not surprisingly he is held in high esteem by Newcastle fans.

Loan spells at Falkirk (26 appearances) and Carlisle (9 appearances) have helped the youngster come along and he has now played 22 times for the Newcastle first team, and his future looks bright on Tyneside, as he has hardly let the side down since deputizing for the injured Steve Harper.

With Newcastle veteran Steve Harper due back from injury in about three weeks time it will be interesting to see if the 35 year-old can get his place back between the sticks for the Magpies.

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • NOVA2967

    Nov 25, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope we give Forster a good shot. He seems to be doing well at Celtic. Krul isnt there yet and to be honest after hearing all the hipe he has not impressed me to much.

    For instance I have seen him cry for an offside call when the ball was in the box and ended up in our net to no prevail. You cant do that, play till you hear the whistle I really cant take that for a starting keeper.

    Although he is undoubtably talented and has produced great games and saves I am not set on him. So I would hate to Forster end up leaving without given a shot but I think Krul will but great keeper for us. But lets not rush him into our star keeper already.

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  • Sav

    Nov 25, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I have to agree with Nova, Ed, insofar as your headline isn’t particularly fair to Forster. If he was reading it up at Celtic what’s he going to think? Uh oh! Better see if I can stay where I am?
    Krul may be our future no. 1 but Forster got a hatfull of clean sheets and personal awards while at Norwich and they haven’t replaced him yet at Celtic. So no slouch there. Hoots has a tough enough job keeping all 3 keepers (not to mention Soderberg and Alnwick) onside without ‘careless talk’.

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  • Bucks mag

    Nov 25, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #3

    One of Forster or Krul will have to leave, because they are not going to get games. Sad, but inevitable I think.

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  • dinosaur

    Nov 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Let me add my voice to the chorus for Foster. he has put in great performances for Norwich, and now Celtic. Krul. honestly, hasn’t impressed. Not to mention Foster is a Geordie lad…

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  • RedMissionBells

    Nov 25, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #5

    NOVA2967, I agree with you.

    There were several times where Krul kept appealing for offside when the ball was very much in play.

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  • HOGC

    Nov 25, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #6

    one question, if forster is so highly regarded, why isnt he in the england youth ranks???

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  • spanishtoon

    Nov 26, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #7

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