Tim Krul Should Keep Place Against Birmingham

Tim Krul had another good game on Saturday and made some very good saves to keep Liverpool from adding to their single goal.

Kuyt gets Liverpool goal after Newcastle mess up

And Tim could do nothing with the sloppy goal Newcastle let in, that seemed to be a bad Sol Campbell mistake.

Since he came on for the injured Steve Harper at Everton, Tim has played all 14 games after that, and has never let the Newcastle side down, and hasn’t made too many mistakes either, although obviously the lad is still learning.

His displays since Everton have done nothing to dampen the prospect of him becoming the future Newcastle goalkeeper, and he is certainly a very good goalkeeper, who is still improving.

Harper of course was back on the Newcastle substitutes bench for the game against Liverpool, and the 35-year-old seems almost fully fit and probably just needs some match practice before he is completely ready.

This is what Tim said about the competition and pressure he is now under:

“It’s going to be a nice fight because Steve, of course, is a friend of mine as well,” “We’re just going to fight for it and see who wins.”

“I think we both had chances on Saturday” “They had some chances and I’m just glad we walked away with the three points.” “Luck has been against us and today it went for us and we scored some great goals.”

“The lads dug deep and it was fantastic to get a win. Hopefully we’ll move one way – and that’s up. It’s what the fans deserve.”

It was truly a water-shed game and a great win for Newcastle on Saturday – you could see that by Roy Hodgson’s face during the last 10 minutes – and he almost rubbed his face away at one point. 😀

Because Tim had such a good game last Saturday,  there’s no reason not to keep him between the sticks, especially since Alan knows he has to  bring through the youngsters on Tyneside – a key part of his job, which he seems to be very enthusiastic about.

It will be interesting to see how many games Tim now gets in the team – but he has gained valuable experience for Newcastle this season – there’s little doubt about that, and has done his career no harm at all on Tyneside.

We’ll just have to see who is the number one at the end of the season.

Our guess would be Steve Harper, but of course we’ve been wrong before – one or two times. 😀

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • hitman

    Dec 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    looks like the smoggies might be going into admin…SHAME….NOT

  • UN

    Dec 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #2

    hitman , can you make sure CT gets this message when he comes on..



  • G

    Dec 14, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3

    hitman @ 1. How so? This is news that I haven’t heard.

  • balubas1

    Dec 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Krul should definately keep his place.

    He was key to get 3 points against L’pool. That match winning save to stop Torres from getting them 2-1 up against us was class.

  • gorskino10

    Dec 14, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Not every keeper is going to command every ball into the box but Krul nearly does, he looks so more confident in his ability to go out and gain the ball in the air compaired to Harper, no offesne to Steve but he is too slow of his line and slow and getting down to the floor so in most cases i saw i started to say well harper could of done better, but with Krul i dont tent to say i just think for us to continue into a new era per say with Andy/Ranger etc.. then maybe Krul being our NO1 is the best bet!

  • chuck

    Dec 14, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #6

    It was`nt too long ago when certain people were calling for Harper to get a game for England.
    Outta sight outta mind i guess !
    On the other hand young Krul has done decently in his place, improving game by game and could be the long tiume future goalie for this club.
    He`s got size on his side, gave a demonstration of a reaction type save against Pool and is learning when to come off his line for set pieces.
    I believe he needs more experience, but as is,he`s still a pretty decent goalie.

  • cyprus

    Dec 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #7

    It would really be Krul to leave him out after that game and that save


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