Steve Harper was injured at Everton, but that bad news was offset by allowing 22 year-old Tim Krul to have a run of games in the first team, and he certainly hasn’t let the Newcastle side down – at all.
Tim Krul – only looking forward
In fact Tim had an excellent game against Liverpool last Saturday, and two minutes after Liverpool had equalized, the 22 year-old made a crucial save from Fernando Torres, who from a Liverpool viewpoint, should have put Liverpool ahead.
So it’s obvious that Tim played his part last Saturday, and he will keep his place at Birmingham tomorrow, we’re sure of that.
Tim’s goal is to become Newcastle United number one goalkeeper, and nothing that we’ve seen from Tim in his current run of games in the first team says that he cannot become the number one goalkeeper on Tyneside – it’s more a question of when and not if.
Of course 35 year-old Steve Harper and 22 year-old Fraser Forster, who is the Celtic number one on loan up north right now, may not exactly agree with that statement.
Krul told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m just looking forward to the next period.” “We have to close everything down with Chris now, and it’s hard.”
“We have to look forward now, and it’s good we’ve got a big three weeks.” “We know where we stand.”
Pardew wisely didn’t change much at all for the game last Saturday, and picked the side that Chris would probably have also picked, and Alan didn’t change the tactics much at all either, and that allowed Newcastle to get another famous win this season – and at home too.
The 50,000 fans were right behind the team, and the fans were just delighted that Newcastle could get the win, after all the nonsenses that had gone on last week – thanks to owner Mike Ashley once again.
Full credit must go to our players for that.
Tim said Alan doesn’t want to change things too quickly and he continued:
“It’s early, and the gaffer said himself he’d only really start with us on this week. “Everybody knows where we’re going to go, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
It was just less than two weeks ago when Newcastle’s utterly hopeless display at West Brom finally cost Chris Hughton his job on Tyneside, and the lads are going back to the same region tomorrow, but now with a different manager in charge.
Hopefully, we have to think they will put in a much better performance than they did two weeks – because it would be hard to play worse than they did at West Brom – that’s for sure.
Tim continued and talked about Birmingham:
“They’re similar to West Brom.” “We just have to go out the same as we did against Liverpool.”
“With that attitude and commitment, we can beat anybody.” “We just have to try to get that every game – that’s the main thing.”
We fully expect Tim to start tomorrow, but after that all bets are off once Steve Harper returns to full fitness, and then the fight will really start as to which goalkeeper deserves to be Newcastle’s number one – at least between Steve and Tim.
We still have another fine young goalkeeper playing very well at Celtic this season in 6’7″ Fraser Forster, who has now played 15 times for the Glasgow giants so far this season.
And that is after starring for Norwich City last season, when he made 42 appearances for the East Anglia club, and was second in the voting for Norwich Player of the Season.
It looks like we have three very good goalkeepers on the books at Newcastle right now.