There’s an odd report in the People today, saying that Newcastle do not rate Dutch U21 goalkeeper Tim Krul, and will let him leave in the summer.
Tim Krul – leaving Newcastle this summer?
Now before there’s a huge knee jerk reaction to this report – remember this is a Sunday and maybe good news is in short supply – so some has to be made up.
But the report suggests that Newcastle are ready to let the 22 year-old leave Tyneside, and there’s likely to be quite a few clubs interested in taking the youngster.
Tim Krul has often said he only wants to be the Newcastle number one goalkeeper, and has been at the club since the summer of 2005, when then manager Graeme Souness signed the then 17 year-old from ADO Den Haag in Holland.
Tim has made good progress and is now on the verge of the Netherlands national side, and only just lost his place on Tyneside, to a fit again Steve Harper.
The reports suggests that the new goalkeeping coach at Newcastle, Andy Woodman, is not convinced the 22-year-old is good enough to become the replacement for Steve Harper, who turns 36 in March.
Tim has made 28 appearances for Newcastle so far, and 19 of them this season.
It was interesting that following the Stevenage game, new manager Alan Pardew criticized Tim’s kicking, and said it was putting Newcastle under pressure, and that you didn’t expect that from a player at a club like Newcastle United.
It seemed harsh criticism of the youngster, that Alan made public, and at the time we thought that was uncalled for, and maybe was a knee jerk reaction by Pardew to one of Newcastle’s worst ever defeats in the FA Cup.
And the other thing to consider is Newcastle also have another top goalkeeper, 22 year-old Fraser Forster, who is currently on loan at Celtic and playing week in and week out up there, and he’s also very highly rated.
Fraser has played 22 times for Celtic, and has 75 first class appearances, since he’s also been on loan to Stockport County (7), Bristol Rovers (4) and Norwich City (42), but the Hexham-born youngster, who stands 6’7″ tall, still has to make his full Newcastle debut.
What do you think about this news – assuming it may even be true?