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.