There was some news late in January that Newcastle were trying to sign Coventry City 26 year-old goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, and we wondered why that was the case.
Fraser Forster – 6’7″ goalkeeper on loan at Celtic
Kieren’s contract runs out this summer, and we had thought that if Newcastle did sign Kieren, that would mean either Fraser Forster or Tim Krul leaving Newcastle, but today Alan Pardew has said the two young goalkeepers are going nowhere.
Fraser Forster is playing well at Celtic this season, and the 6’7″ Hexham-born goalkeeper has so far played 26 times for Celtic this season, and of course he’s on loan there until the end of the season, after playing 42 times for Norwich City last season.
But it seems that Pardew has no intention of letting the big lad stay up north, once this season is over.
Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“He’ll come back here next year and he’ll be trying to be No 1.” “I really like him – we’re keeping a close eye on him and his progress.”
“You are talking about a guy who got a League One medal last year with Norwich and could get a Scottish Premier League one this year, in only his second full season.”
“Some players play for 20 years and don’t get a medal at all. It’s an amazing opportunity for him.”
Pardew also has Tim Krul and Steve Harper on the books, with Steve currently playing solidly in the Newcastle goal, and Alan has today also dismissed any reports of Dutchman Tim Krul leaving Newcastle:
“We’ve got three good keepers. Harps is the No 1 at the moment and when the season ends we will reflect on how the season has unfolded.”“Who knows?”
“We could get an injury and Tim goes in the goal for the rest of the season and does brilliantly.”
“You can’t foresee what it is going to happen.” “All I know for certain is at the start of next summer I will have three good keepers.”
We suppose that if Steve Harper is still in top form in pre-season, Alan will have to decide which on of his 22 year-old goalkeepers to ship out on loan, at least for the first part of the season.
When Fraser came back in pre-season last summer, he was injured and Newcastle fans didn’t get to see him play much for the Newcastle first team, but obviously over the last two seasons he’s made great progress at both Norwich City and Celtic.
It will be good to see him in the summer, so we can all see just how much better he’s become over these last two seasons.