Tim Krul Looks Forward To Moving On At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • staffy

    Dec 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #1

    We have to keep this lad,at all costs.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Dec 17, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #2

    He can block the tricky ones, young Timmy, but leaks the easy ones and doesn’t command the box – a bit like Given. Prefer big Fraser any day of the week, so bring him back, NOW!!

  • geoff777

    Dec 17, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Hard to keep three quality goalkeepers happy …

    Difficult to keep two happy as it’s not a position managers rotate unless forced to.

    Can’t see Forster wanting to warm the bench after starting at Celtic.
    Harps is getting on (35) could have 3-4 good seasons left?

    I doubt if we can keep Krul & Forster … so which is the best?

  • munch27

    Dec 17, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    If Harps takes back the place between the sticks then Krul must get the cup place as he needs to keep learning this season.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 17, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Forster’s a monster to be fair.
    Not so sure about Krul, he is top notch but as mentioned, he may just let the odd easy save in, not seen that from Forster and he’s a far bigger precence in the box.
    I dunno, one thing is for sure, they wont BOTH stick around.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 17, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    ive got it on good authority that harps wants to retire at the end of next season it was going to be this season but he wants to delay he says he fancies a go at refereeing in the premier league and has asked if he could be fast tracked into it, but is also considering going into coaching..he also rates Fraser forster so highly hes says if anyones got a few quid put a bet on him being the new england no1 he says he has unbelievable potential

  • gorskino10

    Dec 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Mark my words every time i see Harper and he lets in a goal i always thing “Erm he should of done better getting to that” he is too old in my mind and no where near as good at diving and commanding his area like Krul is, its a shame Harper is an will always be a legend at newcastle but i just think age is creaping up big time i feel way more secure with Krul there in goal and i think the defence do as well, so i BET you will see the goal we let in (if we do) with Harper in goal and you will also question to “He should of got that or done better with that shot” like i have been every Harper apperance the last year or 2.

  • ganiyu

    Dec 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Pls alan do not disrupt what hoots as put together.thanks ganiyu from nigeria

  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 17, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Stefan Guivarch

  • cyprus

    Dec 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #10


    never seen the big guy before, just video above. very impressed. sorry harps n.3

  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 17, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #11


  • silvervrs

    Dec 17, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #12

    hmmm… still not convinced by Krul from what I’ve seen so far. Flashes of brilliance – just a shame that they’re not consistant but more worryingly, flashes of incompetance and very poor decision making (especially from corners) appear more frequently.

    I’ve also kept an eye on Forster this season and he seems much more promising and a lot more confident when coming out for balls and also a lot more commanding.

    I reckon giving Forster a few games behind our back four would give them far more confidence when defending than Krul has to date.

  • Hugo_Viana

    Dec 17, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #13


  • HOGC

    Dec 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #14

    from wat i saw from the youtube link on fraser forster, i now know why the norwich fans loved him, and why the celtic fans want him to stay at celtic.

    he has a calming effect on the whole team, really gives his defenders alot of confidence. and he is big, i really like the way he dives down everytime, really sharp touches:)

    i would really like to see him marshalling our defence one day! i think i will give him the 1st choice and krul will get second.

    harps is old, in my opinion has never been solid, his basics are good, but i find that he is rather lazy and slow at times. so is only good as a backup player

    from wat i have seen from krul’s display this season, he has been ok, but i know that he is only starting out. so i believe that given time, he will develop into a more confident player. needs to work on his quickness in my opinion too

  • joppadoni

    Dec 17, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #15

    agreed silver, i believe Forster is hands down the better keeper however i dont think he will get a shot which will be great for which ever top team gets him 🙁

    but i like tim too

  • MarkO

    Dec 17, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Forster is liked because he is big, but come on hes playing for Celtic any goalie could look good there in a pretty crap league tbh. Krul has looked good in arguably the best league in world. No question as to who id rather have

  • RichK

    Dec 17, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed – have we changed our name now?who’s Newcatsle? (In the Headline)

    On this topic, we’re very fortunate to have two young quality keepers on our books to fill Harper’s boots (or gloves) when he retires. I think Krul should retain his place for now, he’s not done much wrong in all fairness!

    1-1 tomorrow (i’d take that too!)

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 17, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #18
  • slazberger

    Dec 17, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #19

    i think we have got 2 of the best young keepers in the league and either of them have the ability to be newcastles number 1 for the rest of there career. i dont think we can keep them both happy for long though so a decision will have to be made. while harper is still playing one of them can be loaned out like this season but once he retires i think one of them will want to go if they arent picked. krul for me at the mo but thats because ive seen more of him and think he has very good reflexes

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 17, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #20

    I have to go with Forster as well. He is a class keeper and an absolute monster at 6”7″.

    Krul is very good and a Newcastle supporter but Forster is a Geordie through and through and fantastic keeper being so agile for such a big lad. What a great dilemma to have though eh!

    I very much doubt we’ll be able to hang on to 2 such talented keepers in the long term though. Forster for me though sorry Tim, close 2nd.


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